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New Match Fixing Revelations Overshadow The Australian Open



The Wimbledon Championships is one of the tournaments brought into question.

As the first Grand Slam of 2016 commences, the world of tennis has been dealt a severe blow following a joint investigation into match fixing by the BBC and Buzzfeed News.


The report has revealed that the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) was warned seven years ago about a group of 16 players involved in match fixing. Furthermore, Buzzfeed have confirmed that half of the group will play in this week’s Australian Open, including one top 50 player from the men’s tour.

The names, which include Grand Slam champions, has not been made public. The BBC and Buzzfeed News has passed these names on to the sports governing body.

Whilst previous reports have circulated concerning match fixing in men’s tennis, the investigation has also identified minor issues on the WTA Tour. The investigation looked at the Betfair accounts around the world where a pattern has been identified concerning players deliberately ‘throwing’ matches. There is a wide range of tournaments in question, ranging from lower level to the very top. The BBC has confirmed that three of the suspicious matches occurred at the Wimbledon Championships.

The report has identified three key groups of bettors which are ‘causing concern’. The ‘Russian Group’ consists of 11 accounts of people based in St Petersburg or Moscow. Five suspicious matches have been identified with the key one being between former players Nikolay Davydenko and Martin Vassallo Arguello. In one match, five of the accounts placed bets on Davydenko to win, generating winnings of £47,347. This was one of a series of occurrences. The report alleges that  ‘insider information‘ was used, particularly from Russian players. The results of the Betfair Russia investigation found that some bettors denied knowing each other despite there being clear evidence of computer sharing between them.

The ‘Northern Italian Group‘ concerns matches involving Spanish and/or Argentine players. Six accounts are called into question with the most profitable match for the group involving Vassallo Arguello, as well as 28 other ‘suspicious matches‘. In this group, all the matches occurred at non high level ATP tournaments. The pattern identified was that the player who loses the first set, wins the match (when a player loses the first set his odds usually increases). The profit from the 29 matches range from £10,000 – £61,000 per match. Another name identified in the report was Potito Starace, who received a lifetime ban from tennis last year due to match fixing.

The ‘Sicilian Group‘ is perhaps the most concerning factor  in the investigation. The report alleges that the bettors knew of the match outcome before the game started. There were no WTA matches in question, however, there were at least 12 ATP matches. The group placed bets of the 12 matches, winning £257,988. Out of the 12 matches, 9 was in the first round, two was in the second and one was in the quarter-final at various tournaments.

One particular Sicilian gambler has been linked with Arguello. 82 text matches were exchanged between the two discussing match fixing, including once match where the gambler earned over £250,00. Arguello, who reached a ranking high of 47 in 2009, refused to comment on the report when approached by the BBC.

The end of the TIU?

It was reveled that the TIU has been notified about 70 players over the past decade that have potentially been involved in match fixing. Despite being given the evidence, none of them was sanctioned. One of the 2007 investigators was Mark Phillips who told the BBC that he found clear evidence of wrongdoing in his report. The report was based on an analysis of 26,000 matches.

“There was a core of about 10 players who we believed were the most common perpetrators that were at the root of the problem.”
“The evidence was really strong. There appeared to be a really good chance to nip it in the bud and get a strong deterrent out there to root out the main bad apples.”

This is not the first time that the TIU has been questioned about their handling of match fixing. In a report published early last year on, an unnamed player confirmed that they were asked to throw in match in return for money. They reported the incident to the TIU, however, nothing happened.

I went through the proper channels and reported it to the TIU, but nothing ever came of it,” The unnamed player said.

Meanwhile Sport Modeler Ian Dorward has also spoken negatively about the capability of the TIU. Doward is the owner of, a website which has looked at numerous tennis matches with suspicious betting patterns.

“While I accept that it is incredibly difficult to prove a player’s connection to match-fixing, the fact that so little ever seems to happen gives little hope that anything will happen this time,” Doward said.

There is yet to be any comment from the ATP, WTA or TIU concerniong the report.

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Gael Monfils Targets Spot At Home Olympics Before Retirement 



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Gael Monfils may be starting his 2023 season later than usual but he isn’t contemplating stepping away from the sport anytime soon. 


The former top 10 star has been absent from the Tour since August due to a foot problem during what has been an injury-stricken year for the Frenchman. Monfils also missed the French Open and Wimbledon due to a heel injury which required surgery. Overall, he has won 14 out of 21 matches played on the Tour in 2022. 

Providing an update on his current fitness during an interview with Canal+, Monfils confirmed that he will not be playing at the Australian Open in January which will be the fourth major tournament in a row he has missed. Whilst his recovery is progressing well, he is targeting a return during the clay season which concludes at the French Open. He is also unable to access his protected ranking at Melbourne Park because the rulebook states that a player must be absent for at least six months to be eligible. 

“I know that there is a protected ranking, when you don’t play for a certain amount of months. I know that if I take it, I have to not play the Australian Open to reach the six months needed and that will be my decision,” Tennis Head quotes Monfils as saying.

However, the 36-year-old isn’t planning to stop playing just yet with aspirations to play at his home Olympic Games, which will be held in Paris in 2024. Monfils is already a three-time Olympian and has reached the quarter-finals of the singles tournament twice before. 

Despite some speculation over his retirement, Monfils hopes to continue playing until the age of 40. Although he admits this depends on his family after he and his wife Elina Svitolina welcomed their first child earlier this year.

“2023 is an important year for me, a year of transition, transition between my injuries and the fact to be competitive to try to qualify for Paris 2024. I would not like to miss the Olympics, it would be my last one,” he added.
“I hope that 2024 would not be my last year but maybe the one after that. Before, I said that I wanted to play until I’m 40 but the more time I spend with my daughter, the more time I’m thinking maybe I’ll play a bit less.”

Monfils has won 11 Tour titles so far in his career, including this year’s Adelaide International. He has reached at least one final every year since 2005. 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev And Taylor Fritz Looking Forward To Diriyah Cup

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Taylor Fritz will start their Australian preparations in Saudi Arabia next week.



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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Taylor Fritz are looking forward to boosting their Australian Open preparations when they compete in the Diriyah Cup in Saudi Arabia.


The tournament takes place from the 8th-10th of December with the 12 player tournament offering the perfect preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year.

As well as Tsitsipas, Rublev and Fritz, the field includes some of the world’s best players including Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Cameron Norrie, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka.

Speaking ahead of the event Tsitsipas claimed that the event will be very good preparation ahead of the Australian Open which starts on the 16th of January, “This is going to be very good preparation for me,” Tsitsipas told The National.

“Most players choose to have an off period from tennis but for me, it’s very important to get matches in before I travel to Australia. So having good competitors to compete against (top players), this is the best preparation that I can have before starting the 2023 season.

“I know that the people in Saudi Arabia may not have the opportunity to see tennis players like us very often. So, for sure, I’m going to give it my best. I’m going to have a good time.”

Saudi Arabia has held a whole host of events including formula one and Golf events with there being more and more concerns from fans over sports-washing given the country’s human rights record.

However the Greek isn’t too concerned about that and is looking forward to exploring the country’s culture:

“I’m happy they’re introducing a big event like this, and in the heart of Saudi Arabia to give opportunities to citizens from all over the world to explore this beautiful country, through its sports, through its very rich heritage and culture, and through other activities that are available within the country.”

As for Fritz, the American is coming off a career best season having won his maiden Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells as well as reaching the semi-finals at the ATP Finals.

The 25 year-old said that playing against the best players in the world will only help his preparations for the Australian Open, “I think it’s going to help prepare for the Australian Open and for the rest of the year because I can start out by playing against the best players in the world,” Fritz claimed.

“The field is so strong, so it’s always great to surround yourself with a lot of great players. People should come to support because hopefully it’ll be a lot of good tennis.

“Hopefully they’ll be cheering for me to win. They can expect a lot of big hitting, big serving, and hopefully some nice shot-making.”

Finally Rublev said that competing in Saudi Arabia will help find his level with the Russian having an inconsistent end to the season at the ATP Finals.

Rublev is looking to break more ground in 2023 as he searches for his Grand Slam breakthrough, “I think it’s really great because sometimes when you finish the season and you have eight weeks of not playing tournaments, you start to feel a bit stressed or nervous because you can’t tell if you’re improving or not,” Rublev admitted.

“So these kind of events help to check how your level is at the moment because you compete against other great players.”

The tournament begins on Thursday and will last for three days.

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Emma Raducanu Draws Inspiration From Andy Murray Ahead Of 2023

Emma Raducanu spoke about Andy Murray’s influence on her career.



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Emma Raducanu has spoke about Andy Murray’s influence on her career and is optimistic about turning her form in 2023.


The former US Open hasn’t had too bad of an off-season after receiving her MBE for her services to sport.

Raducanu made history in 2021 as she won the US Open as a qualifier at 18 years of age.

However the Brit has yet to back that up with Raducanu changing coach on a number of occasions as she looks for some stability in 2023.

Speaking in a recent interview with Grazia Raducanu said that she believes that momentum can change quickly in tennis and that confidence is the key to success, “[In tennis] it could look like it’s all going down, down, down and just not getting any better,” Raducanu was quoted by tennishead as saying.

“Just one match can have a big influence on your confidence and once you have confidence and the momentum comes, you feel like you can’t lose. It’s a very individual sport – people are friendly but it’s difficult to be really close with those you’re competing with.”

One player that can relate to what Raducanu is saying is Andy Murray with confidence being a key theme of the highs and lows of Murray’s career.

Raducanu said that she talks to Murray regularly about the highs and lows of tennis, “Andy Murray is so good to talk to because he’s been through pretty much what I’ve been going through,” Raducanu said.

“I have always looked up to him and watched him winning his first Wimbledon and the Olympics.”

Raducanu will hope that she can use Murray’s words as inspiration for next season as she currently sits at 75 in the world.

The Brit will start her season in 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand on the 2nd of January.

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