Former Tennis Players Echo Federer’s Call on Match-Fixing Scandal

Former tennis champs echoed the call of Federer, who wants to know names of those suspected of match-fixing in tennis

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Roger Federer. (Photo: AP)
  • Around the world, players, commentators and fans echoed the call of Roger Federer, who wants to know names of those suspected of match-fixing in Tennis.
  • Former tennis players Martina Navratilova, Mary Jo Fernandez, Patrick McEnroe and Christ Evert reacted strongly to the match-fixing scandal that broke out on Monday.

Around the world, players, commentators and fans echoed the call of Roger Federer, who wants to know names of those suspected of match-fixing in a growing scandal that one ex-pro described as a major wake-up call for the world of tennis.

Many called for clarity, saying the public and players have a right to know who is suspected of cheating. Others warned that the match-fixing scandal has the potential to damage the reputation of tennis, just like doping or corruption scandals have hurt professional cycling, athletics, baseball and soccer.

The scandal broke out on Monday when the BBC and BuzzFeed News published reports, timed for the start of the Australian Open, alleging that tennis authorities have ignored widespread evidence of match-fixing involving 16 tennis players who have ranked in the top 50 over the past decade.

Half of those 16, including a Grand Slam winner, were at this year’s Australian Open.

This really casts a very dark shadow on our sport right now. Hopefully because the world is watching, something will be done about it. We need to flag who these players were.

Mary Jo Fernandez, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist

This is turning into a witch hunt. We knew in the tennis world this was happening at the lower levels of tennis, the equivalent of minor league baseball, now we’re hearing a little bit more. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. This is a major, major wake-up call for the world of tennis.

Patrick McEnroe, former French Open doubles champion and captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

During a break in commentating for ESPN, Christ Evert said the scandal had deeply affected her.

I have been so sad about this the last few days. We as tennis players have always been so proud about the integrity of our sport.

Christ Evert, 18-Time Grand Slam Champion

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