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Tennis match fixing: Evidence of suspected match fixing revealed

October 20, 2019

Secret files which allegedly show that international
crime syndicates have orchestrated match fixing at the top level of world tennis have come
to light as play begins on day one of the Australian Open. BuzzFeed News and the BBC revealed details
of a joint investigation into match fixing on Monday. They claim to have evidence of suspected rigging
at major tournaments including Wimbledon. The match fixing was allegedly orchestrated
by gambling syndicates in Russia and Italy, which targeted prominent players in their
hotel rooms at major tournaments and offered them $US50,000 for each fix. According to the report, authorities have
been repeatedly warned about a core group of 16 players, all of whom have been ranked
in the top 50. More than half of those players will play
in this year’s Australian Open. One top-50 ranked player competing in the
Australian Open is suspected of repeatedly fixing his first set, the report claims.
The evidence uncovered by the investigation includes a bundle of leaked internal documents
– the so-called “Fixing Files” – as well as analysis of betting on 26,000 tennis matches. The names of more than 70 players, including
Grand-Slam title winners, reportedly appear on nine leaked lists of suspected fixers who
have been flagged to world tennis authorities. None of those players have faced sanctions. Nearly a decade has passed since world tennis
authorities were first handed compelling evidence about a network of players suspected of fixing
matches at major tournaments. A full-scale match-fixing investigation was
launched in 2008, following a notorious match in Poland in August 2007 between Russia’s
Nikolay Davydenko and Argentine player Martin Vassallo Arguello. The match had attracted millions of dollars’
worth of highly suspicious bets from Russian-based accounts. The two players were cleared of violating
any rules.

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