Tennis Faces Allegations of Fixed Matches
Was it all a racket? An investigation claims that tennis authorities have been aware of alleged match-fixing since 2008, but allowed cheating players to carry on without sanction. The schemes, said to have been orchestrated by Russian and Italian gambling syndicates, include major tournaments like Wimbledon and involve 16 players who have been ranked in the sport’s top 50. The Association of Tennis Players flatly denied the charges — which notably landed just before today’s Australian Open launch — but said it will continue to investigate any new evidence.