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Tennis gambling scandal grows at the US Open

Today comes more fallout over the ATP betting scandal.

Unnamed sources in France’s L’Equipe’s report called on the sport’s authorities to act, “before things get out of hand”.

“I know several players who have been approached, and who had the exact same experience as me,” said one player, identified only as Mister B and who claimed he had been approached physically by someone offering him 50,000 dollars to lose a match.

He added: “Not for one second did I believe it was a joke. 50,000 dollars is more than what I would have got for getting to the semi-final in this tournament, and it was tax-free cash.

“I refused his offer straight away, but I was left wondering what direction we’re going in.”

These allegations come on the heals of an investigation involving Russian Player Nikolay Davydenko.

Internet sportsbook Betfair refused to pay punters on Davydenko’s loss in an ATP match in Poland, in which Argentina’s Martin Vassallo Arguello won 2-6, 6-3, 2-1 when Davydenko retired with a foot injury.

Seven-million dollars in wagers, abot 10 times more than normal for such a match, swung to Arguello even after Davydenko won the first set. That irregularity touched off a probe into the matter.

This is a followup to our previous story “Gambling probe at the US Open“.