World No.1 Andy Murray of Great Britain.
World No.1 Andy Murray of Great Britain. NOUSHAD THEKKAYIL

Andy Murray says corruption must be hit hard

TENNIS: World No.1 Andy Murray has called for severe punishment for those engaged in tennis corruption as Novak Djokovic describes Australian Open junior champion Oliver Anderson's alleged involvement in match-fixing as "very disappointing.”

Murray said the lower levels of professional tennis - Challengers and Futures tournaments - were more liable to infiltration by crooks because of the temptation for players to make easy money compared to the ATP World Tour and grand slams.

"I think even Futures level pretty much all matches are streamed online now.,” the Scot said.

"People can bet on any level of tennis.

"That's obviously going to create problems, especially when the lowest level of the game prizemoney is ... you're making $700, $800 maybe to win an event.

"I don't know the exact figures, but I'm imagining if you're fixing a match you're going to make significantly more than that.”

Murray said the fact "people are caught and charged, I see that as being a positive thing.”

"If it's happening, there should be the most severe punishments for whoever is involved in it,” he said.

Djokovic said he was saddened by reports linking Anderson to alleged match-fixing at Traralgon in October.

"Very disappointed. Very disappointing to hear, that, especially considering the fact that he's young and won the junior grand slam,” Djokovic said after reaching the Qatar ExxonMobil Open semis.

Anderson's family revealed on Thursday night he is co-operating with a Victoria Police investigation.

HERALD SUN



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