Davydenko Talks About Match-Fixing Allegations

Published November 30, 2009 by OCR Editor

Davydenko Talks About Match-Fixing Allegations

New ATP World Tour champion says he almost quit tennis altogether.

Newly-crowned ATP World Tour champion Nicolay Davydenko has revealed he almost quit tennis over recent allegations of involvement in match-fixing.

The Russian, who upset Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets in the final of the London tournament on Sunday, revealed that the allegations a couple of years ago forced him to "lose the will" to play tennis, the Gulf News website reported.

"Every tournament I played it was very tough to play. I would have liked to stopped tennis for a couple of months," he was quoted as saying.

Davydenko and unknown Argentine Martin Vassalo Arguello were cleared in September 2008 of any involvement in match-fixing, more than one year after the match which placed the spotlight on the two players.

Several large bets were placed at British online sports book Betfair for Arguello to beat Davydenko in an August 2007 match in the Polish seaside city of Sopot. Arguello beat the highly-favored Russian by default after Davydenko retired from a foot injury while leading in the third set.

It was later revealed that nine Russian-based people had waged $1.5 million on Davydenko losing, while a total of $7 million was placed on the match, 10 times higher than the average.

Although Davydenko was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, the saga prompted widespread debate in the tennis world at the time and even prompted the All England Club to introduce new restrictions on access to players' changing rooms at Wimbledon.

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