Match fixing in tennis

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The issue of match fixing in tennis is an ongoing problem. An organisation called the Tennis Integrity Unit was set up in 2008 following an investigation into the problem.[1] In 2011, the organisers of the Wimbledon tournament were provided a list of people suspected of involvement in the issue.[2] In 2016 the BBC reported on "evidence of widespread suspected match-fixing at the top level of world tennis, including at Wimbledon",[3] and in February 2019 the BBC said that tennis was a "sport riddled with corruption".[4]

Examples[edit]

  • In 2007, French tennis player Arnaud Clément claimed he was offered a bribe to fix a match, which he turned down, but added, "I won't say where or under what circumstances". Clément feared divulging more details on the bribe would have negative consequences on his career.[5]
  • In 2008, the Association of Tennis Professionals cleared Russian tennis player Nikolay Davydenko from allegations that he fixed a match against Martin Vassallo Arguello in Poland in 2007.[6] In 2016, an investigation found that several millions of dollars were placed on the match from Russian-based accounts. Leaked files to the joint Buzzfeed and BBC investigators found 82 instances were Davydenko had sent or received text messages from the suspected head of an Italian sports betting syndicate.[7]
  • On 18 January 2016, a joint Buzzfeed and BBC investigation reported alleged widespread match-fixing, which involve Northern Italian, Sicilian, and Russian betting syndicates, which included suspicious betting at major tournaments such as Wimbledon. The reporters examined betting incidents on a total of 26,000 matches.[8]
  • In June 2018, Argentinian tennis player Nicolás Kicker was banned from the sport for at least three years for match-fixing. According to an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit, Kicker knowingly participated in at least two fixed matches in 2015. The ruling prohibits Kicker from competing in or attending a sanctioned tennis match.[9]
  • In July 2018 Egyptian tennis player Karim Hossam received a lifetime ban for match fixing.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Report: Tennis ignores match-fixing evidence". ESPN.com. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ reporter, Robert Mendick, Chief (11 June 2011). "Wimbledon given watchlist of tennis corruption suspects". Retrieved 5 February 2019 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Tennis match fixing: Evidence of suspected match-fixing revealed". 18 January 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "The rise and fall of a match-fixing tennis prodigy". 5 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "I turned down bribe to fix match, says Clement". The Sydney Morning Herald. Associated Press. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  6. ^ Drape, Joe (September 12, 2008). "Inquiry into betting clears Davydenko". The New York Times. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tennis investigation reportedly uncovers evidence of match-fixing by core group of 16 professional players". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  8. ^ Cox, Simon (18 January 2016). "Tennis match fixing: Evidence of suspected match-fixing revealed". BBC. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Nicolás Kicker Is Barred for at Least 3 Years for Match Fixing". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 19, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Egypt's Karim Hossam banned from tennis for life for multiple match-fixing offences". 3 July 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.