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Russian tennis chief calls BBC report on corruption in tennis unsubstantiated

January 20, 5:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The BBC earlier reported that elite tennis players, including winners of Grand Slam titles, "have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) over suspicions they have thrown matches."
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MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. The report of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on corruption in global tennis lacks facts, President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpischev has told TASS.

The BBC earlier reported that elite tennis players, including winners of Grand Slam titles, "have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) over suspicions they have thrown matches."

"There is nothing behind these accusations. This is just this corporation’s self-advertising, which for some reason involves all of us," Tarpischev said. "There were accusations, but they should be followed by evidence. But we have not seen it. If there is evidence, come up with it. But we hear only empty talk. They recalled 2007 and 2008. The whole story faded away back then, it led nowhere and now came to the fore all of a sudden. The question is why and who stands to gain from this. I am sure this is just self-advertising, to which we should not respond in any way."

According to Tarpischev, top players do not take part in match-fixing. "They just have no need to do that," he said.

According to the BBC, the documents the corporation has obtained "show the enquiry found betting syndicates in Russia, northern Italy and Sicily making hundreds of thousands of pounds betting on matches investigators thought to be fixed." "Three of these matches were at Wimbledon," the BBC wrote on its website.

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