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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Davydenko Fined $10,000 for Remark

SYDNEY, Australia -- Russia's Nikolai Davydenko has been fined $10,000 for making negative comments about Sydney's $1.2 million tennis tournament.

The world No. 3 told reporters Wednesday that some of the sport's top players had pulled out of the last major warm-up for next week's Australian Open because they did not care about the event.

ATP chairman Etienne De Villiers, head of the body that governs men's tennis, said he was concerned about the high withdrawal rate in Sydney but that Davydenko's comments were harmful.

"I'm satisfied that the $10,000 fine for Davydenko is the appropriate sanction for the comments that were made that not only damaged the very fine tournament in Sydney but also sullies the reputation of our great sport," De Villiers said in a statement Thursday.

Davydenko pulled out of the Sydney tournament on Wednesday after losing the first set of his second-round match with Frenchman Paul Henri-Mathieu, citing a foot injury that doctors fear may be a stress fracture.

Should the injury be confirmed as a fracture, Davydenko faces six weeks out of the game.

He was the fifth player to retire from the Sydney event in 24 hours, joining Spanish world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, fellow Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadya Petrova, and Thailand's Paradorn Srichapan.

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt withdrew on the eve of the tournament, citing a calf problem and Russian Dmitry Tursunov pulled out before his match after injuring his wrist in practice.

De Villiers, who has vowed to crackdown on players retiring from events, said he would investigate the reasons behind the mass exodus in Sydney.

"I remain concerned about the withdrawals," he said. "On the face of it, it seems some players are still looking at the event as an option rather than a commitment."