Instances of potential match-fixing cases in Italy with Marco Cecchinato at the center have come before, but there have been instances of the same abroad as well. In Chile two players are in the eye of the storm. The two players are Juan Carlos Saez and Ricardo Urzua are ranked 613th and 940th in the ATP Rankings respectively.
In their respective singles matches played in the Talca Futures event from 28th November to 4th December, unusual betting patterns were recorded, which indicates that the matches could have been fixed. Saez lost to the 19-year-old Alejandro Tabilo (World No.
609). Tabilo admitted he has some doubts. 'I was focused on my game, but it's true that Saez didn't play well. I don't know what happened to him.' Asked if the match was fixed, he replied, 'It's possible, but I am not sure about it.
I don't want to speak about it.' At the same time, you have to consider that Saez was playing his first match in three months where he didn't play because of a groin injury. 'I practically didn't practice and I was at a level that wasn't enough to beat anyone.
If the match is suspicious, show me proof. It's easy to judge, but I am innocent, I don't need money and I would never take the risk to get dirty money,' said Saez, who will take action legally to protect his image.
Probably Urzua will do the same. 'I didn't receive any official statement, I only heard it through rumours.' Meanwhile investigations are taking place in Colombia, where the Tennis Integrity Unit authorities listened to some players, and in Spain, where 34 people have been arrested.