TIME tennis

Tennis Authorities Deny Reports of Overlooked Match-Fixing

ATP chairman Chris Kermode and vice chairman Mark Young listen to reporter's question during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Jan. 18, 2016.
Shuji Kajiyama—AP ATP chairman Chris Kermode and vice chairman Mark Young listen to reporter's question during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Jan. 18, 2016.

"[We] absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match-fixing has been suppressed…or isn’t being thoroughly investigated"

Tennis authorities are denying claims that they have suppressed or overlooked evidence of suspected match-fixing among top players.

On Sunday, one day before the start of the Australian Open, BuzzFeed News and the BBC published a joint report describing leaked documents that allege a group of about 16 players have continued to compete without sanctions despite repeated warnings about corruption to the sport’s governing bodies from bookmakers, police and gambling authorities. No athletes were named in the story.

“The Tennis Integrity Unit and tennis authorities absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match-fixing has been suppressed for any reason or isn’t being thoroughly investigated,” Chris Kermode, head of the Association of Professional Tennis Players, said at a news conference Monday, the AP reports. He added that the sport’s anti-corruption body, the Tennis Integrity Unit, investigates every claim, including “lots of anecdotal reports,” but only takes action when there is “evidence that we can use.”

Top-ranked player Novak Djokovic, who said his team rejected an offer in the mid-2000s to throw a game in Russia, for now has dismissed the report as “just speculation.”

“We have, I think, a sport [that has] evolved and upgraded our programs and authorities to deal with these particular cases,” he said. “There’s no real proof or evidence yet of any active players [taking part in match-fixing], for that matter. As long as it’s like that, it’s just speculation.”

[AP]

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


YOU BROKE TIME.COM!

Dear TIME Readers,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team