Tennis Rushes to Combat Match-fixing

Andy Murray says 'everyone knows it goes on'
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2007 6:38 PM CDT
One of Russian Nikolay Davydenko's matches is being investigated for betting irregularities. He could not complete the match due to a foot injury.   (Getty Images (by Event))
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(Newser) – Tennis is scrambling to clean up its game after Andy Murray, Britain's top-ranked player, claimed that "everyone knows" some matches are fixed. Under a new rule, players who are asked to fix matches will get 48 hours to admit it or be punished, and the Association of Tennis Professionals will back up the rule with an "integrity unit."

An online gambling site recently voided all bets on a Polish Open match due to odd betting activity, and a little-known player said he'd been offered, but turned down, 100,000 euros to throw a first-round Wimbledon match in 2005. The ATP has asked to talk to Murray, who added: "I personally have never experienced it but, listening to the players talking, it seems it goes on."