- Mischa Zverev was given a record fine for pulling out of the Australian Open
- He has now withdrawn from Germany’s Davis Cup tie due to a ‘viral illness’
- Team captain Michael Kohlmann says Zverev ‘was trying everything’ to be fit
Mischa Zverev has withdrawn from Germany’s Davis Cup team for their first-round tie against Australia on Friday.
The 30-year-old is still suffering with the illness which brought him a record fine for his first-round retirement at the Australian Open.
Zverev was fined £25,600 in Melbourne when he quit while trailing South Korea’s Hyeon Chung 6-2, 4-1.
Mischa Zverev has withdrawn from Germany’s Davis Cup team for their tie against Australia
He was fined most of his first-round prize money under tennis’s new First Round Performance rule, which requires players to ‘perform to a professional standard’.
Germany team captain Michael Kohlmann said on Tuesday that Zverev is still affected by a viral illness, but had made a desperate effort to prove his fitness for the World Group tie.
Kohlmann said: ‘I am feeling bad for him. He was trying everything to be here but in the end it didn’t make sense.’
Zverev is still suffering with the viral illness which caused him to pull out of the Australian Open