How to fix a tennis match

Timely to revisit this article from “DW on sport” which I referenced last year.



  1. i notice the name Nikolai Davydenko mentioned in the latest scandal. He has some form.

    Can someone jog my ageing memory. THe Austrian pair, Thomas Muster, and the late Horst Skoff, was one/both of them accused of this sort of behaviour quite a while ago ?


  2. Bravo Crio!

    Was thinking about this very article yesterday after reading the BBC/Buzzfeed investigation.

    Interesting to note that ATP/TIA launched no action whatsoever against Molchanov, and of course, in the name in ‘privacy’ they don’t disclose their investigative activities, so there’s no way of knowing whether either player or this match has actually been investigated for match fixing.

    And considering Denys Molchanov attempted to qualify for the main draw at this year’s Open, we can safely assume that if he was found guilty of anything, he received less than a 12 month ban from the sport.

  3. Dave Brown says

    The ATP does not comment on “on-court” matters…

    Betting on tennis is a mug’s game – too much goes on inside the head therefore motivations are substantially unprovable.

  4. When Tennis Australia say silly, silly, silly, and Rodger F says it’s not true you know who to back when you walk into the TAB, eh?

  5. the old saying remains true…”When in doubt, always back self interest – you know it is trying”.
    Corporate bookies won’t fall for this sort of schmuk. Exchanges are perfect as are satellite tournaments where kids wonder who’ll pay for next week’s accommodation (and betting syndicates tell them the answer).
    Greed and vanity – greed leads to gambling problems and vanity has pushed the “social media” selfies scandal.
    Answer: 1) Don’t bet. 2) Don’t post anything you don’t want public.

  6. Thanks for link, Crio. I missed it the first time.
    That is fascinating.

  7. Damning

  8. Good listening to Charles Livingstone talking on the Red Symons show this morning. So many forms of gambling. The insidious nature of in play betting taking it to another level.

    Whilst I have concerns re William Hill being the big sponsor of the Australian Open I’m not sure if that’s any worse than links other sporting codes have with corporate bookmakers. Sure tennis betting is currently topical, but it is now so enmeshed with all major sports, there is no easy answer to putting the genie back in the bottle.

    The Olympics in Rio is going to be an intriguing example of gambling. The mind boggles at what we are likely to be confronted with.


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