Tennis Investigates 150 Suspect Matches

List has pro tour officials looking for evidence of gambling
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Oct 11, 2007 10:35 PM CDT
Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, returns a shot to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, not pictured, during a match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. (AP Photo / Misha Japaridze)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Association of Tennis Professionals has launched an inquiry into 150 matches, identified on a list submitted to it, as possibly influenced by gambling. The author of the list is unknown. The game has come under a cloud of suspicion since a betting site uncovered irregular gambling patterns on an August match in which world #4 Nikolay Davydenko eventually withdrew due to injury.

The list apparently covers events dating back to 2002, and includes Grand Slam matches. There had been no evidence of taint yet, a spokesman for the ATP said, "but we recognize there is a threat to all sports posed by gambling." World #18 Andy Murray disagreed, saying the other day of corruption, "everyone knows it goes on."