Davydenko Didn't Fix Matches, ATP Probe Finds

Tennis body finds no evidence Russian threw '07 contest for gambling profit
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2008 2:35 PM CDT
Nikolay Davydenko has denied he forfeited a 2007 match for gambling profits.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Nikolay Davydenko had nothing to do with any match-fixing, tennis authorities announced today after a lengthy investigation. Davydenko, 27, had been under suspicion after abnormally high betting on a 2007 match from which he withdrew citing injury, the BBC reports. Almost $7 million was placed on Davydenko’s opponent on an online betting site—nearly 10 times the usual amount for a tennis match.

Because of the bizarre circumstances, Betfair canceled all bets on the match. But after a lengthy investigation, the Association of Tennis Professionals said it “can confirm that it found no evidence of a violation of its rules" by Martin Vassallo Arguello, Davydenko’s opponent, "or Mr. Davydenko or anyone else associated with the match.”