Just few days ago we asked you if you believed tennis had a problem with gambling (check it here), now we already have a solution to the mean. The answer is yes, tennis does have a problem with illicit betting and gambling scandals.
Federbet, a nonprofit organization that analyzes sport matches to find alterations that could lead to match fixing, revealed how a total of 8 tennis matches have been targeted as "suspected" of illicit fixing.
Six of those were played in Challenger tournaments, 2 of them were played in the ATP World Tour. One of the suspected matches was played at the ATP 500 tournament of Hamburg between Teymuraz Gabashvili and Daniel-Gimeno Traver, with bets on the cited match that exceeded a million dollars! The Russian, ranked at World No.64, lost in straight sets easily to the Spaniard, ranked at World No.106 in the ATP rankings.
Both players have already declared themselves innocent, unaware of the possible illicit gambling going on behind their backs. According to Gabashvili, few bettors got to know that the Russian was dealing with an injury, thus quickly betting on the encounter, knowing that the Spaniard would present good odds as the underdog.
Here is what the Russian said: "Already at Wimbledon I wasn't feeling very well. Probably the news reached out and bettors took advantage of the situation. Now, guilt is all on us! I have nothing to hide. Some people gain 100.000 dollars a year and have homes that are worth 4 times that money.
That's when people should doubt something is wrong. At Hamburg I have played with a knee injury, which bothered me for some months already. I basically didn't practice to prepare the tournament and many knew about that".