Tennis Integrity Under Question
Tennis player, Alexandr Dolgopolov, had suggested that he played to his best ability during his latest defeat against Thiago Monteiro. Following the game, during the interviews, he told reporters that: “I don’t give a f—,” following the unusual amounts of money that were staked on his fellow challenger during the match.
Following the game, an investigation was launched by the Tennis Integrity Unit due to the unexplained peculiar betting patterns during the fixture. Monteiro had strolled to victory rather easily, winning the first and second set 6-3, 6.3.
After the game, Dolgpolov had also said that: “I was giving my best effort. I was physically weak. I blacked out in that match, I wasn’t happy with my physical condition and I knew by New York I needed to get some work done.”
When questioned about the strange changes of odds before the start of the game, the player said: “You want my honest answer? I don’t give a f— to be honest because it’s like a circus.
“I think I should be asking you guys how you feel about your fellow journalists writing about maybe there’s a fix in the match because there is a market. I read the article; it was like the statistics of my break points. Are you serious? You are going now to the statistics and saying it might be fixed because there is a market? Are you writing news or fairy tales?
“So for me I don’t want to even talk about it. I talked to the TIU, I respect their work. I gave all the information needed. At the end of the day, what’s going to happen is I’m not involved in anything. That’s going to be what happens and these guys are still going to write that bulls—. For me, writing those things before there is an investigation is silly.”
Elsewhere in the US open, Caroline Wozniacki delivered an extremely furious statement to the schedulers of the Grand Slam, after being replaced on centre court by returning Maria Sharapova.
After losing anyway, she burst out and stated: ‘A schedule to have the number five in the world playing on court five fifth match on is unacceptable,’ she said.
‘When you look on centre court – I understand completely the business side of things but someone who comes back from a drug sentence and performance enhancing drugs and then all of a sudden gets to play every single match on centre court, that’s a questionable thing to do.
‘It doesn’t set a good example.’