Nikoloz Basilashvili responds to match-fixing accusations

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Nikoloz Basilashvili responds to match-fixing accusations

Nikoloz Basilashvili has strongly denied that he was involved in match fixing in the past, calling those accusations "absurd." During the Wimbledon final, German TV ZDF published a report in which they reported that Basilashvili and Aslan Karatsev were under the ITF investigation over allegations of match-fixing.

The ZDF reported that Basilashvili's doubles match from 2021 Wimbledon was suspicious since allegedly a large sum of money was placed on that match. In the 2021 Wimbledon doubles first round, Basilashvili and partner Radu Albot suffered a loss to Marton Fucsovics and Stefano Travaglia.

In that match, Fucsovics and Travaglia recovered from a set down to beat Basilashvili and Albot 3-6 6-2 6-2.

Basilashvili: Those accusations are absurd

"Last weekend, it came to my attention that media publications in Germany have made mention of my name in connection with allegations of so-called "Match Fixing."

These allegations have no basis at all and I reject them in the strongest possible terms. I will not accept seeing my name and reputation being severely violated through baseless and absurd accusations. I therefore demand that such allegations and lies stop immediately and the public, through the media, must be informed that I totally and utterly deny all of these absurd accusations.

I have empowered a German law firm to protect my interests and to act in every possible way to fight this extremely damaging misinformation," Basilashvili said in a statement released by his agency. This week, Basilashvili made his debut on the clay courts of Bastad.

Unfortunately for Basilashvili, it wasn't a memorable debut since he suffered a 7-6 (0) 6-0 loss to Hugo Gaston in the first round. Tough to say if Basilashvili was affected by the ZDF report in Bastad but it's certainly never a good thing to see your name in the headlines for the wrong reasons.