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Nadal Dismisses Murray's Claims

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Yesterday Murray made claims that there is corruption going on in tennis and everyone knows what is going on. Today, Nadal has said he has seen nothing to suggest betting in tennis.

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posted Oct 15, 2007

I bet the book will be thrown in his face. The boy is right and it is true it happens but then again we have seen what the authorities can do.

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posted Oct 15, 2007

Tim Henman was the 1st brit to be quized on this drugs issues and gave his views. Henman has been on the circuit for years and retired from the game.Andy Murray was only trying to back up Henman's view, which was naive for him to do.
My Advice to Andy is to let his tennis do the talking for now,break into the top 5 or 10, win a grand slam to reveal his true pontential. If he has comments to make about other issues,he can do so when he has been on the circuit for as long as Tim and can back up any claims made.

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posted Oct 15, 2007

There was no need for Andy to make these comments and he should be concentrating on his tennis rather than things that dont concern him. I also cant believe the people on here who are saying he has thrown matches. Why would he make a statement like this if he was doing thats just stupid!

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posted Oct 15, 2007

oops I did it again, ....Andy is wishing he kept stum....unfortunately he didnt....but hes right of course, this probably does go on, but now hes asked to become a whistleblower and he wont.......sometimes its best to play dumb......so long as you remain straight, there is corruption in all sports , isnt there ???

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posted Oct 15, 2007

God Tennis fans are the most fickle I have ever seen. So you want Andy to keep quiet when things are not right. You idiots must see tat the boy is right.

Reminds me of the time when Vieira complained about racism in football only to be fined 2 500 by UEFA. He was asked to give evidence nad all that. I remember him saying these things happen but what would the authorities do?

What we have seen now is the same stupid UEFA panishing players for exactly what Paddy complained about. Remember Anthony Ferdinand`s case? All it took was for him to say exactly what Paddy said and the idot was given a ban.

All I am saying is Andy you were right to say what ever you said and your comments will only be appreciated when the stupid ATP is shamed by a certain idiot.

I would rather have a player who is going to say something than one who is going to pretend and keep his gob shut when things are not right. At comes at a cost though but these things have got to stop.

The only loser is you and me who pay to watch these players get rich and only to be told things like this are happening.

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comment by shivfan (U2435266)

posted Oct 16, 2007

It seems as if Murray is finding out that the locker room is not such a nice place to be after all....
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If you don't fit in, it can be very uncomfortable there! And if you do things to upset people there, they can make it very difficult for you.

That's why I couldn't care less if certain players are popular with other players or not. there's a lot of hypocrisy in the locker room....

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comment by G_K___ (U1677408)

posted Oct 17, 2007

The biggest story here for me is the way Nadal has come out and said there is nothing dodgy happening.

This seems an odd thing to say, since anyone involved with tennis / tennis betting pretty much knows it's not true.

I can understand someone sticking their neck out to tell the truth, but why stick your neck out to deny it? At best, it will encourage speculation as to whether Nadal is involved.

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posted Oct 17, 2007

There will be no speculation to whether Nadal is involved - first of all he hardly ever loses and is fighting for as many points and titles as possible as he chases the number one ranking etc. Secondly, when he does lose it takes a mammoth effort of his opponent!He never loses easily or puts himself in the position of looking as if he is 'tanking'.

It makes me laugh to read various people say 'Murray is right' or 'anyone involved with tennis pretty much knows it's true' - unless you are in inner circles, you don't know these things. You know what you have been told by the media and only the plyers know what is going on. Some have suggested match fixing goes on and many have said they have had no knowledge of it taking place. There seemed to be much genuine surprise at the Davydenko case when it hit the headlines.

Should Murray have said anything? Perhaps he should have gone to the ATP not the media, but he has a right to voice his opinions and experiences.

Should Nadal have said anything? He was obviously asked directly and so of course he will give his opinion. I would imagine he genuinely doesn't think it goes on - after all, from the media stories, it seems to take place more down in the slightly lower ranks and doubles game.

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comment by Ian B (U3864728)

posted Oct 17, 2007

Well, international cricket was being manipulated by bookmakers, and accusations have been made about football. Don't see why at least some of tennis isn't affected also.

However, I don't think the top end of the game would easily be influenced, because everyone involved is so wealthy that the bookies have no leverage. Probably more likely a few mid-ranking tournaments and players involved.

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posted Oct 17, 2007

The attitude of the tour is lamentable. They should be pre-disposed to support anyone who shows a willingness to address the issue. If the corruption issue blows up later on the administrators will be partly responsible, as they are not taking it seriously now. Nothing does more to bring a sport into disrepute than an administrator with his head in the sand.

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