Another match fixing scandal. Can tennis fix this problem?

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15 people were arrested in yet another tennis match fixing scandal.   One of those arrested is Spanish tennis player Marc Fornell-Mestres, who was suspended by theTennis Integrity Unit last month.  His highest ranking was 1007th in singles.  Of the 83 people implicated, 28 were players in the ITF Futures and Challenger tours.

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This not making anyone in the tennis establishment look good.  Most of these activities are taking place in the Futures and Challenger tours  that don’t have the attention of most tennis fans. We are lucky that the upper echelon of the sport, the ATP tour remains mostly clean.  So far.

Most players in the Futures and Challengers tours have little chance of playing at the ATP level.  The prize money is very low for these players.  Match fixing clearly offers a financial incentive for these players. There is not an easy way to fix this mess. Increasing prize alone is not going to fix this.  Tennis has quite a problem on its hands.

 

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