Wanna know a secret? Apparently there’s one inside a 2008 reported into suspected match-fixing but according to Simon Cox who writes for the BBC News, “the world tennis authorities have admitted they too no action to pursue 28 top-level players, including winners of Grand Slam titles, named in a secret 2008 report into suspected match-fixing.”
In a very interesting article Mr. Cox posted on 18 January 2016 posted over at www.bbc.com, Mr. Cox describes how “for years the annual tennis tournament in Sopot” went unnoticed until 2007 when a player ranked number 4 in the world who should have been an “overwhelming favourite” was being discounted by bettors. According to the article, “millions of pounds” were being bet by “Russian gamblers” that the opposing player, ranked considerably lower than number 4, would win.
What does all this mean? Does it mean that there was “more than probable” fixing of the match? Can anyone say for sure? Apparently both players were cleared of violating any rules but …. and there’s a big but! If you’ve not read the article by Simon Cox, BBC News over at www.bbc.com I think you’d enjoy it. You’ll find I shared it on Twitter via @SportSXMichelle earlier this morning.