World numberone tennis star Novak Djokovic has revealed he was offered a £110K bribe in 2007 to throw a match.
This shocking revelation comes after he was asked to comment on recent accusations that senior figures in tennis had ignored several warnings concerning match-fixing at the highest level of the game.
Back in 2007, a team of investigators were hired to look into match-fixing in tennis following suspicions about a game between Nikolay Davydenko and Martin Vassallo Arguello.
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This investigation set up by the Association of Tennis Professionals and commissioned by tennis authorities unearthed 26,000 matches, including three at Wimbledon, and 28 individuals who all required further examination.
However, upon receiving these conclusions, the Tennis Integrity Unity, according to documents received by the BBC and Buzzfeed News, ignored the findings with all players, including some Grand Slam winners allowed to keep on playing.
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Djokovic revealed that he was offered his bribe to lose a first round match in St Petersburg almost a decade ago.
Though the Serbian was not approached directly, he was almost immediately aware of the offer, with his team turning it down instantly: "Of course, we threw it away right away. It didn't even get to me, there was nothing out of it."
The world No.1 added that he was very hurt by both the offer and the current allegations damaging his sport: "It made me feel terrible because I don't want to be in any way linked to this - somebody may call it an opportunity. For me, it's an act of bad sportsmanship, a crime in sport honestly. I don't support it. I think there is no room for it in any sport, especially in tennis.'
Though he has experienced it personally, Djokovic doesn't believe that match fixing is a widespread problem at the elite level: "From my knowledge and information about match-fixing or anything similar, there is nothing happening on the top level, as far as I know".
The Serbian deemed much of the recent findings "speculation" whilst Roger Feder called for more information: "I would love to hear names,'' said the former world number one. "Then at least it's concrete stuff and you can actually debate about it.
"Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which Slam?''
All allegations have been denied
In response to these damaging allegations, an emergency press conference was called at the ongoing Australian Open, where ATP president Chris Kermode took the opportunity to refute the claims.
"The Tennis Integrity Unit and the tennis authorities absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason or isn't being thoroughly investigated," Kermode said.
"And while the BBC and BuzzFeed reports mainly refer to events from about 10 years ago, we will investigate any new information, and we always do.
"In its investigations, the Tennis Integrity Unit has to find evidence as opposed to information, suspicion, or hearsay."
Kermode continued: "Let me just say that all of us here in tennis are absolutely committed to stamp out any form of corrupt conduct in our sport. There is a zero tolerance policy on this."
The Australian opens runs until the men's singles final on January 31st with Djokovic firm favourite to retain the title.
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