Ten­nis stars, past and present, want names of match-fix­ers

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

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 foot­ball. Martina Navratilova, the 18time Grand Slam cham­pion, tweeted: "We need facts, not sup­po­si­tions." "This re­ally casts a very dark shadow on our sport right now," Mary Jo Fer­nan­dez said on ESPN, as part of a panel dis­cus­sion Wed­nes­day on the con­tro­versy.

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