Match fixing: Is tennis its own worst enemy?

Tweet Sopot, Poland 2007. Nikolay Davydenko, who was ranked four in the world, was playing Martín Vassallo Argüello in the second round of a small ATP tennis tournament. A simple victory for Davydenko was expected with the Russian taking the first set 6-2. However, something was amiss. Just before the start of the match, the odds were in Arguello’s favour, even as Davydenko took the first set and lead in the second. Millions were being bet on Arguello to win, and it soon transpired why. Davydenko retired from the match…

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Djokovic beats Struff to make Australian Open second round

Tweet As president of the ATP players’ council, Novak Djokovic has some responsibility for player welfare. The bush fires, which have devastated parts of Australia over the past few weeks, have had a dramatic effect on the air quality in the Melbourne area. During the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open, players were suffering with breathing problems with some having to retire from matches due to the poor air quality. It’s difficult to imagine the self-titled “big three” playing in such conditions as the large stadium courts have roofs. As…

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Emiliano Sala case: Who was to blame?

Tweet Case background: At the start of the year, Cardiff City signed Argentine forward Emiliano Sala from French club Nantes. However, this transfer turned into a tragic disaster as Sala’s plane was lost over the English Channel with both Sala himself and the pilot of his plane, David Ibbotson, being pronounced dead. There was lots of media coverage, tracking the police search and the subsequent private search that took place. Also, the aftermath with the argument over Sala’s transfer fee, the role of his agent and about who was to…

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International Media Review: Racism at Bulgaria v England

Tweet England’s convincing 6-0 win in Bulgaria last week was overshadowed by abhorrent scenes of Bulgarian fans using racist chants. This lead to the game being halted twice as stadium announcements were made telling the fans to stop. The irony is that a section of the stadium was closed due to previous offences by Bulgarian fans. Clearly, the sanctions aren’t working. Should UEFA be doing more to stamp it out? Watch the video below to see how the story was covered around the world: Image created by Toby Oliver using…

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