Match-fixing claims rock tennis world as Australian Open gets under way

However, one of the investigators, Mark Phillips, told the BBC, “There was a core of about 10 players that we believed were the most common perpetrators, that were at the root of the problem really.”

The world of professional tennis was rocked by a major gambling scandal Monday after a leaked report named dozens of players suspected of rigging matches in exchange for cash, and one of the sport’s biggest stars said he wanted those names public.

The BBC reported that eight of the 16 suspected repeat offenders were scheduled to take part in the Australian Open, the first of tennis’ four majors, which got under way Monday in Melbourne. 

At a press conference Monday, ATP President Chris Kermode denied that officials had sought to cover up suspected improprieties.

The investigators also discovered that members of three gambling syndicates, based in Russia, Sicily and northern Italy, had bet large amounts of money on dozens of matches. 

. “But we are so confident there’s nothing in the sport that has been suppressed.”

“You’d have one player [who] would win a set and then they would go a break of serve up,” Phillips said, “and then almost as soon as that happened there would just be a flood of money [bet on] the other player, who would then miraculously win eight games in a row.”

 “I would love to hear names,” Roger Federer said Monday. ATP President Kermode told the BBC that the evidence presented by the investigators was too weak to act on.

The report also claims that 16 players ranked in the Top 50 over the past 10 years, including some who have won Grand Slam doubles titles, have been repeatedly reported to tennis authorities for taking part in suspicious matches, with no action being taken by the ATP.

“I think it’s always disappointing when stories come out like this just before a big event,” Kermode said. Among other notable claims, the report alleged that three possible fixed matches took place at Wimbledon, the most prestigious tournament in tennis.

Phillips said that when the investigative team presented their findings to the ATP’s newly formed Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), they received little response. 

In all, investigators named 28 players as having taken part in suspect matches. “It’s super serious and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport.”

The BBC and Buzzfeed reported that it would not name names at this stage because it was impossible to fully determine whether the players had taken part in match-fixing without access to phone, computer or bank records.

The contents of the report, prepared by investigators working for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and dated from 2008, were first reported on by the BBC and Buzzfeed, which did not name the players involved.

“It soon became clear they didn’t really want our advice on that or anything else,” Phillips said

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Nevada gambling regulators approve new fantasy sports model

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US Fantasy owner Vic Salerno said it could easily be reframed to fit states that have approved guidelines allowing fantasy sports to operate. In the football example, Brady’s performance would help rack up points along with the rest of the players of the imaginary team.

“Is it truly a fantasy game or some sort of contest or instrument that is a regular gambling product? The industry is curious what exactly it is,” Schoenke said.

“It’s so transparent and open,” commission chairman Tony Alamo said of US Fantasy, which will offer 11,000 sports events for betting annually and open later this year.

“It doesn’t feel like fantasy if you’re not putting up your knowledge against someone else,” Schoenke said.

Several states over the past year have challenged the fantasy sports industry, which first drew widespread scrutiny last year amid a flurry of advertising that promised the savviest sports fans millions of dollars in payouts. So far, Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi and Colorado legislators have done so, while New York’s governor has yet to sign off on the state’s version.

In Nevada, regulators had urged fantasy sports sites to apply for gambling licenses, a move the industry opposes as too costly and time consuming.

In the US Fantasy system, users will bet against each other on individual player stats, with a pot of prize money that can change depending on how many people are wagering and how much they bet. She declined to comment on the US Fantasy proposal but said its payout system is not the same as the Boston-based company’s model. DraftKings and FanDuel ceased operations in states such as Illinois, New York and Nevada.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new gambling platform approved by Nevada regulators Thursday will further blur the lines between traditional sports betting and fantasy sports contests, an industry that insists its games are not gambling in the face of legal challenges across the country.

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DraftKings operates in dozens of states, according to company spokeswoman Femi Wasserman. But they differ in how they pay out winners and whether they believe their business model constitutes gambling.

Peter Schoenke, chairman of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association representing 300 operators, said he has not seen US Fantasy’s system..

The industry has lobbied states to approve laws that would allow them to operate without legal ambiguity. Neither is required with Salerno’s hybrid platform, though “fantasy sports” is a loose term that does not have a uniform definition, he said.

Follow Sally Ho at twitter.com/_sallyho. New York-based FanDuel didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The Nevada Gaming Commission gave a gambling license to Henderson-based US Fantasy, calling it a fair model as daily fantasy sports businesses such as DraftKings and FanDuel stand accused in several states of operating as illegal, unregulated betting systems.

Like DraftKings and FanDuel, it will allow people to bet on their picks of the top professional sports players and win money based on the athletes’ performance. Using football as an example, someone can bet that Tom Brady will throw the most yards that week.

The hallmarks of fantasy sports are analyzing professional sports players’ stats and camaraderie among contestants in a league, he said. But an industry leader predicts it won’t have a major effect on fantasy sports overall because it may only work in Nevada, where sports betting is already legal.

In traditional fantasy sports, users generally pick a group of players to create a team, and if they win, they know they are getting an established payout