The big topic of the day at the Australian Open was not the tennis, but unfortunately it was about match fixing. With a report surfacing claiming they have evidence that the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) isn’t doing their job policing the sport and preventing match-fixing, Roger Federer wants to hear names.
“I would like to hear the name,” Federer said. “I would love to hear names. Then at least it’s concrete stuff and you can actually debate about it. Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which slam? It’s so all over the place. It’s nonsense to answer something that is pure speculation.
“It’s super serious and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport. So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be, no doubt about it. Not about people being approached, but just people doing it in general. I just think there’s no place at all for these kind of behaviors and things in our sport. I have no sympathy for those people.”
Federer, who has served on the player board, maintained that the sport needs to be kept clean.
“I don’t know how much new things there is out there,” Federer said. “It’s just really important that all the governing bodies and all the people involved take it very seriously, that the players know about it. There’s more pressure on these people now maybe because of this story, which is a good thing.”
Earlier, Federer rolled over Nikolaz Basilishvili in his 2016 Grand Slam opener. He’ll face Alexandr Dolgoplov on Wednesday.
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