Tennis and Organized Crime

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  1. PitBull

    PitBull Guru

    Oct 20, 2006
    US tennis legend John McEnroe expressed his concern on Friday that
    organised crime, such as the Russian mafia, could be infiltrating tennis.
    The former world number one believes that threats to tennis players or
    their families could be forcing them into throwing matches.

    "The thing that worries me is that mafia types, like the Russian mafia,
    could be involved. That's potentially pretty dark and scary," McEnroe told
    The Daily Telegraph.

    "I think that's the side that people aren't really looking at with these
    match-fixing stories. Someone may have threatened the players, and they
    are put in a situation. I'm guessing that could happen. That would make
    more sense to me than top players throwing a match for money.

    "Throwing a match for money would be stupid, as you would be risking
    losing what you've worked for your whole life. It seems crazy that players
    would take that risk for money. It would make more sense that they've
    been threatened in some way and that's why they're doing it."

    Russian Nikolay Davydenko, the world number four, is being investigated
    by the ATP after a defeat in Poland in August while Italian Alessio di
    Mauro was suspended for nine months for betting on matches and Philipp
    Kohlschreiber has had to defend himself of accusations of match-fixing
    in the German press.

    "With a high-ranked guy like Davydenko, he's making so much money to
    begin with that he'd be risking so much by doing it, as if you get caught
    you should be banned for life," McEnroe said.

    "But it's pretty tough to prove that someone has thrown a match unless
    you're tapping the guy's phone or something."

    But some of the lower-ranked players in men's tennis could be tempted
    by bribe money, McEnroe said.

    "I think this issue has to be closely looked at, because it's very
    conceivable that it's happening. There are guys out there who are 100 in
    the world, 200 in the world, and they're making 50,000 pounds a year.

    "And if someone says that they'll give you 50,000 pounds, so your entire
    year's money, I think there's a strong possibility that they have taken the
    money, without a doubt," McEnroe said.

    "There is definitely temptation for people. It's becoming more of a drama
    because there's more money in sports."

    Copyright AFP 2007, AFP

    How do you write an article on game-fixing in tennis and not mention
    the word "gambling" once? Absolutely amazing!Edited by: PitBull
  2. American Freedom News
  3. PitBull

    PitBull Guru

    Oct 20, 2006
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian tennis star Anna Chakvetadze was tied up by
    masked robbers who broke into her home Tuesday and stole money and
    goods worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, her father said.

    Chakvetadze, ranked No. 6 and a 2007 U.S. Open semifinalist, was bound
    for 30 minutes in her home outside Moscow but not seriously hurt, NTV
    television reported.

    "Anna is holding up quite well," Russia tennis coach Shamil Tarpishchev
    told the ITAR-Tass news agency.

    Six assailants approached the home before dawn, tied up a maid in
    another building and forced her to hand over a remote control enabling
    them to enter the house through the garage, Dzhamal Chakvetadze told

    NTV said the robbers took about $106,000 in cash, as well as jewelry and
    other goods worth about $200,000.

    Chakvetadze reached a career-high ranking of No. 5 in September,
    following her first run to a Grand Slam semifinal. She won four singles
    titles and about $1.4 million in prize money in 2007, her best season
    since turning pro in 2003.

    Copyright 2007 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may
    not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

    I can understand the jewelry. But what the hell is a tennis player, or
    anyone for that matter, doing with hundreds of thousands of dollars in
    cash in their house? Hasn't she heard of credit and debit cards?

    Loads of cash like that means some kind of illegal activity--either illegal
    drugs or gambling/bribe money. One more indication of illegal gambling
    and organized crime in sports.

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