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Allegations of match-fixing by top players rock the world of tennis

January 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Allegations of match-fixing by top players rock the world of tennis

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On Monday, the tennis world was rocked by the allegations of match-fixing linked to a major gambling scandal after the names of dozens of players suspected of rigging matches in exchange for cash were leaked, and now one of the sport’s biggest stars said he wanted those names public.

Roger Federer came out Monday and demanded the names be made public. “I would love to hear names; It’s super serious, and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport.”

A report dated 2008 by investigators working for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) detailed the match-fixing allegations, but it did not name specific players involved. It alleged that three players may have possibly fixed matches at Wimbledon, which is the most prestigious tournament in the sport of tennis.

The report goes on to claim that in the past ten years, 16 players ranked in the top 50, including some who have won Grand Slam doubles titles, have been reported to tennis authorities numerous times for their involvement in suspicious matches. However, no action was taken by the ATP.

ATP President Chris Kermode denied that officials had sought to cover up suspected improprieties at a press conference on Monday.

“I think it’s always disappointing when stories come out like this just before a big event, But we are so confident there’s nothing in the sport that has been suppressed,” Kermode said. ”

The BBC reported that eight of the 16 suspected repeat match-fixers were scheduled to take part in the Australian Open, the first of tennis’ four majors grand-slam tournaments, which started Monday in Melbourne.

The BBC reported that it would not name names at this stage because it was impossible to determine fully whether the players had taken part in match-fixing without having access to phone, computer or bank records.

Investigators have targeted 28 players as having involvement in suspected fixed matches. However, Mark Phillips, who is part of the investigation, told the BBC, “There are ten core players that we believed were the most common perpetrators, are the root of the problem.”

Novak Djokovic, who is the world’s No.1 tennis player has come out and claimed he was once indirectly offered $200,000 to drop a first-round match in the St. Petersburg Open in Russia, but maintained he does not believe match-fixing is an issue at the top of the sport.

Djokovic said: “I was approached through people working with me at that time, with my team. Of course, we threw it away right away. It didn’t even get to me, the guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn’t even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it.
Unfortunately, in those days, there were rumours of some people were going around, but they were dealt with. In the last six, seven years, I haven’t heard anything similar. I have never been approached directly, so I have nothing more to say the matter.

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