View Full Version : Possible match fixing in Houston & Barcelona

Moose Malloy
05-02-2008, 09:05 AM
An independent review of anti-corruption measures in tennis has uncovered a number of potentially suspicious matches requiring investigation. The report, conducted by the sports-integrity experts Jeff Rees and Ben Gunn, is expected next week.

The 10-week review was commissioned in January by tennis's four governing bodies: the four grand slams, the men's tour organiser, the ATP, the women's WTA and the rule-making ITF. Although the report found no evidence of systematic and institutionalised corruption in the sport, its findings highlight instances where some players may have been guilty of breaking anti-corruption rules.

The news emerged on the day an Italian bookmaker contacted the ATP's competitions administrator, Gayle Bradshaw, to demand action over a player who has allegedly fixed two matches in the past three weeks. Both matches involved irregular betting patterns. "In the first match he won the first set by a big margin and was 2-1 up in the second set but he was trading at 3-1 against to win the [best-of-three-set] match," the bookmaker told this column. "Fifteen days later again the prices are wrong and again he loses the match."

Betfair's integrity team was also alerted to the irregularities. The online exchange is understood to have settled the market on the matches in question and would not confirm whether it had joined the bookmaker in advising the ATP of the alleged suspicious activity.


Just days ahead of the handing down of a much awaited report into corruption in tennis, an Italian bookmaker has expressed concern to the ATP over two results over the past few weeks. Matt Scott covers the case in the Guardian newspaper.

But OnThePunt can reveal that the player in question is world #122-ranked Argentine Juan-Pablo Brzezicki. The bookmaker contends that investigation is warranted regarding two significant bets. These were set bets placed on Oscar Hernandez to beat Brzezicki two sets to one in Houston and Pablo Cuevas beating Brzezicki two sets to love in Barcelona. Both were winners.


05-02-2008, 09:11 AM
**** happens.

Max G.
05-02-2008, 01:25 PM
Yep, that one seems a lot more believable than Davydenko or someone... well, whoever he is, he needs to make a whole bunch of money off the match-fixing fast, because he'll probably be forced to retire within the year.