Tennis match-fixing under investigation after Hague event

Tennis (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Vladsinger)Tennis (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Vladsinger)

The Tennis Integrity Unit is investigating the tennis match between two Kazakhstani players in the challenger tournament in Scheveningen on Wednesday for match fixing. The three sets between the two players showed suspicious patterns on the gambling market, NRC reports.

The two players involved are Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Andrey Golubev. Nedovyesov beat Golubev with 2-6, 7-6 and 6-2.

Betting office Unibet Group signaled the match as suspicious at the TUI. "The prices on the global market fluctuated so that they gave reason for concern", Eric Konings, integrity manager at Unibet Group told NRC. The gambling behavior favored Golubev midway through the second set at 6-2 and 3-3, while on the gambling market Nedovyesov was the favorite for victory at that stage. Given the state at that time, it is illogical. Another suspicious sign is that Golubev made error after error in the tiebreak of the second set - faults, a double serve fault and hitting balls into the net. Nedovyesov won the tiebreak and then the match.

In May a match between the two in Aix-en-Provence followed a similar pattern, but then with Golubev as the winner.