Australian Open

Almagro denies money-grab after 23 minute match

2017-01-16 12:01
Nicolas Almagro (AP)

Melbourne - Spain's Nicolas Almagro strongly denied suggestions of a money-grab after he lasted just 23 minutes at the Australian Open before retiring on Monday.

Almagro threw in the towel with a calf injury at 4-0 down in the first set against France's Jeremy Chardy, but walked away with a A$50 000 (R506 000) cheque as a first-round loser.

Australian doubles legend Todd Woodbridge, a TV commentator, ignited a debate when he said: "Questions to be asked. Did (Almagro) just turn up to take money?"

But according to the Melbourne Herald Sun, Almagro later insisted: "I went to court because I think I can play. I was top 10, I have more than $10 million. I'm not going to play for $50 000. It is not the reason."

He added: "I was trying to play during the week. It was tough. I did an MRI (scan) and the result wasn't good. That's it. I couldn't play. I felt the problem again on court and I had to retire.

"I considered (withdrawing) but I was practising, I didn't feel it during the week. I decided to play today."

Collated results from the Australian Open on Monday: 

Men

1st round

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) bt Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 4-0 ret

Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Tomas Berdych (CZE x10) bt Luca Vanni (ITA) 6-1 ret

Viktor Troicki (SRB x29) bt Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-3

Alex De Minaur (AUS) bt Gerald Melzer (AUT) 5-7, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-1

Sam Querrey (USA x31) bt Quentin Halys (FRA) 6-7 (10/12), 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 6-4

Mischa Zverev (GER) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

Kei Nishikori (JPN x5) bt Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2

Bernard Tomic (AUS x27) bt Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 6-2, 6-1, 6-4

Victor Estrella (DOM) bt Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 7-6 (9/7), 7-5, 0-6, 6-3

Andy Murray (GBR x1) bt Illya Marchenko (UKR) 7-5, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2

Andrey Rublev (RUS) bt Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/0), 6-3

John Isner (USA x19) bt Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1

Malek Jaziri (TUN) bt Go Soeda (JPN) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

Diego Schwartzman (ARG) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU x22) 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) bt Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Marin Cilic (CRO x7) bt Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3

Alexander Bublik (KAZ) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA x16) 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Noah Rubin (USA) bt Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Lukas Lacko (SVK) bt Albert Ramos (ESP x26) 4-6, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

Dudi Sela (ISR) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-0

Steve Johnson (USA) bt Federico Del Bonis (ARG) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) bt James Duckworth (AUS) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (4/7), 6-4

Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (3/7), 7-5

Nick Kyrgios (AUS x14) bt Gastão Elias (POR) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x12) bt Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2

Karen Khachanov (RUS) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 6-3

Jack Sock (USA x23) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3

Dan Evans (GBR) bt Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 7-6 (10/8), 6-3, 6-1

Roger Federer (SUI x17) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Stan Wawrinka (SUI x4) bt Martin Kližan (SVK) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

Steve Darcis (BEL) bt Samuel Groth (AUS) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

Women

1st round

Irina Begu (ROM x27) bt Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

Samantha Crawford (USA) bt Lauren Davis (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x7) bt Marina Erakovic (NZL) 7-5, 6-4

Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Simona Halep (ROM x4) 6-3, 6-1

Mona Barthel (GER) bt Destanee Aiava (AUS) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)

Monica Puig (PUR x29) bt Patricia Tig (ROM) 6-0, 6-1

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x19) 7-5, 7-6 (7/5)

Duan Yingying (CHN) bt Rebecca Sramkova (SVK) 6-3, 6-4

Julia Goerges (GER) bt Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Jelena Jankovic (SRB) bt Laura Siegemund (GER x26) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

Alison Riske (USA) bt Madison Brengle (USA) 7-5, 6-3

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) bt Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

Sorana Cirstea (ROM) bt Irina Khromacheva (RUS) 6-2, 6-1

Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x32) bt Nao Hibino (JPN) 6-4 ret

Kristina Kucova (SVK) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-4, 6-0

Venus Williams (USA x13) bt Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 7-6 (7/5), 7-5

Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) bt Vania King (USA) 6-3, 6-2

Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) bt Anna Tatishvili (USA) 6-4, 6-3

Zhang Shuai (CHN x20) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-0, 6-3

Pauline Parmentier (FRA) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 7-5, 7-5

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA x15) 6-1, 7-6 (7/3)

Ashleigh Barty (AUS) bt Annika Beck (GER) 6-4, 7-5

Stefanie Voegele (SUI) bt Kurumi Nara (JPN) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Elina Svitolina (UKR x11) bt Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 6-0, 6-2

Julia Boserup (USA) bt Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-2, 6-4

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x24) bt Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6-1, 7-6 (7/2)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x8) bt Mariana Duque (COL) 6-0, 6-1

Angelique Kerber (GER x1) bt Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2

Carina Witthoeft (GER) bt Eri Hozumi (JPN) 7-5, 7-6 (8/6)

Peng Shuai (CHN) bt Darya Kasatkina (RUS x23) 6-0, 7-6 (7/5)

Carla Suarez (ESP x10) bt Jana Cepelova (SVK) 6-2, 6-2

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) bt Louisa Chirico (USA) 6-0, 6-4

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