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Coach says Russian tennis player Gabashvili was never involved in fix-up matches

January 21, 15:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The BBC reported on Monday that over the last decade players, including winners of Grand Slam titles, were involved in match-fixing
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Teimuraz Gabashvili

Teimuraz Gabashvili

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MOSCOW, January 21. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Teimuraz Gabashvili was never involved in fix-up matches and such media allegations are complete nonsense, his first coach Andrey Kesarev told TASS on Thursday.

"Accusations against Teimuraz of fix-up matches are absolute nonsense," Kesarev said in an interview with TASS.

The BBC reported on Monday that over the last decade players, who had been ranked among the world’s top 50, including winners of Grand Slam titles, were involved in match-fixing.

According to various media reports, a total of 16 players were involved in the issue and among them are Russia’s Teimuraz Gabashvili, Igor Andreev and Alexander Bogomolov.

The documents obtained by the BBC "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 investigation examined suspicious betting activity after a game involving Nikolay Davydenko and Martin Vassallo. Both players were cleared of violating any rules but the investigation developed into a much wider enquiry looking into a web of gamblers linked to top-level players, according to the BBC.

The sole tennis players caught in match-fixing by now are Daniel Kollerer from Austria and Alexandros Jakupovic from Greece. The Austrian has become the first tennis player banned for life for attempting to fix at least three matches between October 2009 and July 2010.

In late November 2011, Kollerer applied to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to challenge the decision made by the ATP and the International Tennis Federation (ITF). However, the appeal was rejected in March 2012.

Jakupovic was banned for life in mid-December 2015 on five counts related to match-fixing.

Kollerer ranked 55th in the ATP rating in October 2009 while Jakupovic’s best result was the 464th position in the ATP rating in 2009.

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