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ATP pledges shake-up as four quit Auckland

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Men's boss Tuesday pledged a shake-up in ATP rules as four players pulled out of the Classic before their opening matches, citing or

Four lucky losers from the qualifying tournament found themselves on centre as Ryan Harrison, Andrey Rublev, and all withdrew.

By turning up in Auckland, the players became eligible for first-round prize money and avoided an ATP fine.

Kermode, of the Association of Professionals (ATP), warned that rules around withdrawals were under review. But he also said he believed the players' reasons for pulling out.

"The bigger concern would be players pulling out before they got here, that would be an issue," told Fairfax Media in

"They make the effort to come to the event and that's demonstrated the desire to play here.

"is such a physical sport that these things are going to happen. We are currently doing a whole review process of our business and plans for 2019.

"Ranking points, withdrawals and how we deal with that is something we've got to and are looking at."

Harrison, who lost the International final to on Sunday, said he was too tired to play after arriving in early on Tuesday.

Eighth seed Rublev, who lost the Open final to Gael Monfils last week, cited injury, as did Pella, a semi-finalist in Doha, and Edmund, who played in

All four players are on the entry list for next week's Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

"A lot of it is about wording. You can withdraw through personal reasons, and things like this," said.

"If there is a good, concrete, obvious reason, then I think fans realise that sport is live, dynamic and there are going to be withdrawals.

"When there's the grey area at the beginning of the year, doesn't sound that great. At the end of the year people would say, 'OK, it's been a long season.'

"So we've got to clear that up, that's part of this whole process we're doing.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 12:20 IST