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Castle says he can see how some tennis players may be tempted to match-fix

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Former British number one Andrew Castle says he can see how some lower-ranked tennis players may be tempted to match-fix

Castle says he can see how some tennis players may be tempted to match-fix

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 18, 2016) (ITN- SEE RESTRICTIONS)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREW CASTLE, FORMER BRITISH TENNIS NUMBER ONE, SAYING:

“This is online gambling, already people have been done for this in the past and now a full and thorough investigation needs to take place, it is as simple as that.

“Do I think there’s a problem at the top end? No I don’t. (Rafa) Nadal, (Novak) Djokovic, (Andy) Murray, (Roger) Federer, (Stan) Wawrinka, all that lot I think they’re immune to it because i think there’s a vast amount of money up there the temptation is not there. Lower down the game we might have a bit of a problem that needs to be looked at, but nothing’s being suppressed.”

2. WHITE FLASH

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREW CASTLE, FORMER BRITISH TENNIS NUMBER ONE, SAYING:

“I have complete faith in the governing body because everyone has a vested interest. Be it broadcasters, governing bodies, the grand slams, the WTA, which is the women’s tour, the ATP which is the men’s tour, the grand slams. If you can’t trust what you’re watching then it’s not worth watching. We don’t want to be going down the road of other sports that have been either slow to act or have not acted, and I don’t think tennis is in that category at all. So I’m pleased with the response so far but it’s got to be robust.”

4. WHITE FLASH

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREW CASTLE, FORMER BRITISH TENNIS NUMBER ONE, SAYING:

“We don’t know whether it’s male or female, we don’t know when it was, whether it was singles, doubles or mixed. So again this sort of speculation is unhelpful to the game. How concerned am I? Very. It’s one thing in a Challenger somewhere, so many matches get bet on, it’s quite another with a hugely high profile match at one of the biggest tournaments in the world. So yes there are different categories and it does worry me.”

6. WHITE FLASH

7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREW CASTLE, FORMER BRITISH TENNIS NUMBER ONE, SAYING:

“I don’t see the match fixing problem. The matches I watch I don’t see that but let me tell you, at the lower end there is temptation of course there is. If you’re making 30 or 40 thousand pounds a year and somebody comes up to you and says, I don’t know, for instance, double fault on the third point of your second service game and I’m going to double your yearly wages if you do that, that is one scenario of many. I can double fault or hit the top of the net with a passing shot something like that if I want to, and I can make it look like it was part of a match, so enforcing integrity in the game is difficult. There is still an element of trust, you have to trust people. This is is going to be a problem that will be around a while.”

STORY: Former British number one Andrew Castle said on Monday (January 18) that he could see how there could be a temptation to match-fix in lower ranked tennis tournaments.

Big financial incentives for gamblers, small tournaments of little consequence to top players and the ease of fixing the outcome of a one-on-one sport have helped turn world tennis into a haven for match-fixers, according to experts and industry insiders.

Tennis was rocked on Monday by allegations that the game’s authorities have failed to deal with widespread match-fixing, just as the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year, kicked off in Melbourne.

Multiple sources told Reuters that the revelation was no surprise to those who closely follow the sport, where, out of the spotlight at small tournaments around the world, the temptations are obvious and malfeasance very difficult to prove.

“This is online gambling, already people have been done for this in the past and now a full and thorough investigation needs to take place, it is as simple as that,” Castle, now a tennis commentator, said.

“We don’t know whether it’s male or female, we don’t know when it was, whether it was singles, doubles or mixed. So again this sort of speculation is unhelpful to the game. How concerned am I? Very. It’s one thing in a Challenger somewhere, so many matches get bet on, it’s quite another with a hugely high profile match at one of the biggest tournaments in the world. So yes there are different categories and it does worry me.

“The matches I watch I don’t see that but let me tell you, at the lower end there is temptation of course there is. If you’re making 30 or 40 thousand pounds a year and somebody comes up to you and says, I don’t know, for instance, double fault on the third point of your second service game and I’m going to double your yearly wages if you do that, that is one scenario of many.”

Castle said he did not think there was a problem at the top of the game.

“Nadal, (Novak) Djokovic, (Andy) Murray, (Roger) Federer, (Stan) Wawrinka, all that lot I think they’re immune to it because i think there’s a vast amount of money up there the temptation is not there. Lower down the game we might have a bit of a problem that needs to be looked at, but nothing’s being suppressed.

“I have complete faith in the governing body because everyone has a vested interest,” Castle added. “If you can’t trust what you’re watching then it’s not worth watching. We don’t want to be going down the road of other sports that have been either slow to act or have not acted, and I don’t think tennis is in that category at all. So I’m pleased with the response so far but it’s got to be robust.”

Sports betting has exploded in recent years with the proliferation of online and mobile gambling sites, and could be worth as much as $3 trillion annually, Patrick Jay, an independent betting expert, told the United Nations in 2015.

In that sea of money, tennis is the second most active betting market, trailing only soccer, research conducted by the European Gaming and Betting Association shows.

Betting on tennis is relatively simple and comes with enormous potential payoffs, a professional tennis gambler told Reuters under the condition of anonymity.

Many bookmakers have created disincentives to bet point-by-point or game-by-game with limits on those types of bets, pushing gamblers towards the payoffs for a winning bet on the overall match.

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