Top Tennis Stars Caught Fixing Matches?

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THE BBC AND BUZZFEED TALK TO A
WHISTLEBLOWER THAT SAID THERE COULD BE AN ISSUE WITH
MATCH FIXING IN TENNIS. “OVER THE LAST DECADE, SIXTEEN
PLAYERS WHO HAVE RANKED IN THE TOP FIFTY HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY
FLAGGED TO THE TENNIS INTEGRITY UNIT OVER SUSPICIONS THAT THEY HAVE THROWN MATCHES.” THE BIG ISSUE WITH THIS STORY IS
THAT THE TIU THAT THIS STORY, AND DID NOT DO FURTHER
INVESTIGATIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS MATCH FIXING WAS NOT HAPPENING. ESSENTIALLY THERE ARE THESE BIG
GAMBLERS THAT ARE ALLEGEDLY PAYING UP TO $50,000 TO TENNIS PLAYERS TO BASICALLY
THROW OFF THE MATCH. I’M DEDICATED $50,000, AND I WANT YOU TO PURPOSEFULLY
LOSE THE MATCH. OKAY? AND SO, BUZZFEED AND BBC DID NOT
RELEASE NAMES OF SPECIFIC PEOPLE, BUT THEY DO HAVE SOME
PRETTY DAMNING EVIDENCE, AND SOME DAMNING FILES AND
DOCUMENTS THAT INDICATE THAT THIS IS GOING ON. “ALL OF THE PLAYERS, INCLUDING
WINNERS OF THE GLAND ñ WINNERS OF GRAND SLAM TITLES, WERE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE COMPETING.” SO EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS
HARD-CORE EVIDENCE AGAINST THE PEOPLE, THIS ENTITY DID NOT
ACTUALLY GO AFTER THEM AND DO FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS. “THE DOCUMENTS WE HAVE OBTAINED
TO SHOW THE INQUIRY FOUND BETTING SYNDICATES IN RUSSIA,
NORTHERN ITALY AND SICILY MAKING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF
POUNDS BETTING ON MATCHES INVESTIGATORS THOUGHT
TO BE FIXED. 3
OF THESE MATCHES WET WIMBLEDON. ANY CONFIDENTIAL REPORT FOR THE
TENNIS AUTHORITIES IN 2008, THE INQUIRY TEAM SAID
TWENTY-EIGHT PLAYERS INVOLVED IN THESE MATCHES SHOULD
BE INVESTIGATED, BUT THE FINDINGS WERE NEVER FOLLOWED UP. TENNIS INTRODUCED A NEW
ANTICORRUPTION CODE IN 2009, BUT AFTER TAKING LEGAL ADVICE WERE
TOLD PREVIOUS CORRUPTION OFFENSES COULD NOT BE PURSUED.” I THINK THIS IS REALLY
INTERESTING. YOU SAID $50,000, SO, FOR MAYBE A LOW-LEVEL
TENNIS PLAYER THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY, AND THAT IT MAY BE WORTH
I GUESS THROWING YOUR CAREER 4. BUT FOR SOME OF THE TOP PLAYERS,
PEOPLE THAT WERE APPROACHED, ESPN SAID NOVAK DJOKOVIC WAS
APPROACHED TO THROW ONE OF HIS GAMES FOR $2000 ñ $200,000. THAT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF MONEY,
BUT THIS GUY IS WITH MILLIONS. WHY ARE PEOPLE POTENTIALLY
RUINING THEIR ENTIRE CAREERS FOR SUCH A SMALL AMOUNT? COMPARED TO THE BIG PICTURE. I STARTED TALKING TO SOME OF THE
TYT SPORTS GUYS, AND THEY THINK MAYBE IT IS BECAUSE TENNIS IS
KNOWN AS A GENTLEMAN’S GAME, AND IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THIS
PRESTIGIOUS THING WHERE THERE IS NO FUNNY BUSINESS, AND SO THAT IS WHY THEY DID NOT INVESTIGATE
IT FURTHER IN 2008. I WONDER IF IT IS BECAUSE
THEY DON’T WANT THAT NEGATIVE MEDIA ATTENTION. CLEARLY THERE IS AN
EMBARRASSMENT SITUATION IS HAPPENING. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, TENNIS,
AND MAYBE GOLF, OUR SPORTS WHERE THERE IS A TREMENDOUS
AMOUNT OF PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY THAT YOU CAN HAVE IF
YOU ARE, YOU KNOW, CORRUPT, OR ARE GOING TO FIX OR THROW THE
GAME, BECAUSE IT IS VERY MUCH ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL, AND NOT
HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT THE TEAM. IF YOU ARE PLAYING TENNIS, IT IS
VERY EASY TO SHOW THAT YOU MADE A STUMBLE, OR A MISTAKE, AND EXPLAIN IT AWAY. I THINK MAYBE THAT IS WHY
PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO TAKE THIS RISK, BECAUSE YOU CAN HAVE A
TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF, WELL I JUST STUMBLED, AND IT
LOOKS VERY CONVINCING. AND ALSO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE
NOT THE TOP PLAYERS, THEY ACTUALLY DON’T MAKE THAT MUCH MONEY, SO MAYBE A PAYOUT LIKE
$50,000 WOULD BE A LOT FOR THEM. BUT FOR THE TOP PLAYERS, IT
STILL SEEMS KIND OF CRAZY. IT DOES SEEM COUNTERINTUITIVE. IF WE’RE TALKING 25 MILLION,
MAYBE IT MAKES MORE SENSE. MAYBE IT IS EASIER TO THROW
A MATCH WITH THOUGH I’M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT
THE INCENTIVE IS. YOU HAVE TO DO A COST-BENEFIT
ANALYSIS IF YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE OF ANY
SORT, BECAUSE YOU ARE RIGHT, YOU ARE THROWING
YOUR CAREER AWAY. SO I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHETHER
THERE ARE OTHER INSTANCES INVOLVED, MAYBE THERE ARE OTHER FACTORS INVOLVED. MAYBE THEY ARE OVER THE TENNIS
THING, MAYBE THE THEATER CAREER DWINDLING, SO THEY DECIDE
TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS. OR MAYBE THEY DON’T THINK
THEY ARE GOING TO GET CAUGHT. IN TENNIS YOU ARE BARELY ALLOWED
TO CLAP LOUDLY, THIS IS A PRETTY BIG CLAP. THE LADY THINK THAT TENNIS IS
NOT GOING TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF THIS. I’LL LOSE, I’LL MAKE A COMEBACK,
I’LL GET AN EXTRA $50,000. MARK PHILLIPS, A BET
INVESTIGATOR RELEASED A STATEMENT, SAYING “THE EVIDENCE IS REALLY STRONG. THERE APPEARED TO BE A REALLY
GOOD CHANCE TO GET IT IN THE BUD AND GET A STRONG DETERRENT OUT
THERE TO ROOT OUT THE MAIN BAD APPLES.” UNFORTUNATELY THAT
IS NOT WHAT HAPPENED. THAT VERY MUCH EXPLAINS THAT
NO ONE IS WILLING TO GO INTO IT. SO WHY NOT THROW A GAME? THE CHANCES OF YOU GETTING
CAUGHT ARE SO MINIMAL. THEY SAID THAT PEOPLE WERE
APPROACHING THEM IN A HOTEL ROOMS BEFORE THE MATCH, SO MAYBE
THERE ISN’T A TRACEABLE WAY TO SEE IN SOME OF THESE CASES. THE OFFICIALS BEHIND TENNIS
HAVE THE ABILITY TO ACCESS THESE RECORDS, SHOULD THEY
CHOOSE TO INVESTIGATE, BUT IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THEY ARE NOT
INTERESTED IN INVESTIGATING. WHENEVER THERE IS MONEY
INVOLVED, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE EASILY GET CORRUPTED. IT IS UP TO THOSE WHO DO
OVERSIGHT, WHO ARE DOING THE INVESTIGATIONS, TO DO THEIR
JOBS, AND THEY DID NOT DO THEIR JOBS ACCORDING TO HIS
EXPOS… BY BBC AND BUZZFEED. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS, BUT IT
SOUNDS LIKE IT IS A VIRUS THAT MIGHT IMPACT THE TENNIS WORLD. IT MIGHT BE THE PERFORMANCE
ENHANCING DRUG OF TENNIS, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. IT DOES SOUND LIKE IT IS
MORE WIDESPREAD THAN JUST A COUPLE OF BAD APPLES, ESPECIALLY
IF WE ARE ALL SITTING HERE WONDERING WHAT THE
MOTIVATION IS. THEN THERE CLEARLY ARE SOME ñ A BUNCH OF OTHER ISSUES THAT
ARE HAPPENING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THAT WE ARE NOT PRIVY TO,
AND THAT MAKES ME THINK THAT IT IS A LOT MORE RAMPANT THAN IT
IS EVEN BEING SHOWN IT NOW.

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