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The U.S. Open has fined Carla Suárez a whopping $40,000 for quitting her first-round match of the tournament due to back pain. This comes after a rule introduced in 2018 by the Grand Slam Board to prevent players from entering the tournament with injuries, only to quit the tournament early on.
Suárez said in a message via Twitter, "Not the easiest weeks for me dealing with some back pain. We made our best effort to be ready and play our heart out, but it got really worse during my opening match in New York. Sad to leave this way from events I deeply appreciate."
This charge is pretty ridiculous. A $40k fine for quitting a tournament that you obviously want to be part of.. That's either way too over the top in the amount, or just a bad idea to begin with. All players deal with back pain, elbow pain, neck pain and just overall injuries. Damage to your body is part of any athletic sport and should not be something that's met with corporate hostility from those who run them. There's absolutely no telling when those injuries will manifest to become something that forces you to quit a match and/or an entire tournament.
I can understand there being a fine for quitting before your first match, though maybe closer to $15k or something smaller. That cancellation can cause issues of scheduling and whatnot. But if you play any of the early matches and have to tap out for whatever reason, that should just be counted as a loss and seen as an automatic advance for the remaining opponent. There's just no reason to charge a player that much for what I and most likely many others just see as a loss.