Tennis is in a tailspin!
It’s out there. The match fixing allegations have been made. We have names and they are big. There was smoke, now there is fire.
In the latest round of the ever evolving scandal rocking tennis, no less than Novak Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt have been mentioned as connected to suspicious matches.
Match-fixing scandal forms a cloud over the Australian Open. Photo: Cameron Spencer Tennis Australia was tipped off…www.smh.com.au
The Italian newspaper Tuttosport reports that in 2007 Novak Djokovic lost to Frenchman Fabrice Santoro in a match that had betting irregularities
“It’s not true,” Djokovic said.”What it is to say? I’ve lost that match. I don’t know if you’re trying to create a story about that match or for that matter any of the matches of the top players losing in the early rounds, I think it’s just absurd…”There hasn’t been too many matches where top players lost in last decade or so in early rounds. You can pick any match that you like that the top player lost and just create a story out of it. I think it’s not supported by any kind of proof…”
According to information provided in the Buzzfeed report, 15 players and a series of matches were flagged because of betting irregularities. And 15 matches, including one in the Davis cup, involved Lleyton Hewitt.
Hewitt said of the saga after his career-ending straight-sets loss to David Ferrer, “You know, obviously, yeah, there’s no possible way. I know my name’s now been thrown into it. I don’t think anyone here would think that I’ve done anything corruption or match-fixing. It’s just absurd.”
The BBC/Buzzfeed report is not suggesting Hewitt was involved in any shady deals and the ATP and Tennis Australia are determined to protect that the Australian legend’s reputation is not tarnished by preparing legal action against any group that implies the two time Grand Slam champion is connected to match fixing.
“This is a major, major wake-up call for the world of tennis,” said ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe. On Twitter, former player Andy Roddick says about the list of players referred to in the report, “We should see how many of the 16 betting guys we can name,’” he wrote. “I think I got at least 8–9.”
Andy Murray has claimed Novak Djokovic's bid to retain his Australian Open title will be distracted by a claim the…www.mirror.co.uk
Andy Murray, world no. 2 , sums it up “I think for anyone who is innocent, whose name gets talked about with that stuff, then you for sure feel sorry for them if they have done nothing wrong. “