Australian Open

Pay injured players: Isner

2014-01-14 09:17
John Isner (AP Photo)

Melbourne - American number one John Isner wants injured players to be compensated with first round prize money at grand slams to lower the number of early withdrawals.

Isner was trailing Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-2 7-6 in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday before retiring because of an ankle injury he first suffered at the Hopman Cup earlier this month.

The American, who missed the Melbourne tournament last year because of a knee injury, won the title last week in Auckland but felt more pain in practice on Tuesday and was not sure if he would be able to complete his match.

By playing, Isner guaranteed himself at least the first-round loser's prize money of A$30 000 ($27 200).

Had he pulled out before the match a lucky loser from the qualifying event would have been promoted into the main draw.

"I think in a situation like that, maybe a rule could be put in place where the person who pulls out gets compensated 75 percent, 80 percent, maybe even 100 percent of the first round prize money," Isner told reporters.

Slovenian Polona Hercog prompted criticism earlier on Tuesday when she retired after one game of her women's singles match against Alize Cornet of France.

Hercog also collected A$30 000 for her 10 minutes of first round action.

"I would be in favour of a rule change because (Hercog) earned her spot in the main draw and if she's hurt, you don't want to go out there and play one game," Isner said.

"But I think she deserves to be compensated in some way and have a lucky loser come in and play for second-round prize money and points.

"At this point I would think the lucky loser is just happy to get in."

The American said he was confident he would be fit to take his place in Jim Courier's US Davis Cup team for the home tie with Britain which begins in California on Jan.31.

"I have two-and-a-half weeks, I believe I can make it," he said.

"That's my goal, to be 100 percent fit, not 95 percent, because Courier's not going to put me out there if I am not 100 percent."

Isner's defeat leaves world number 51 Sam Querrey as the highest ranked American remaining in the draw.

Read more on:    australian open  |  john isner  |  tennis
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Nishikori wins in over-time

2014-09-02 10:10

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.