|Russian tennis player Nikolay Davydenko has vowed to clear his name as a match-fixing probe being conducted by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) enters its sixth month.|
'It's taking months and months and it may take my whole life,” said the world number four.
“As a tennis player, I am patient, it doesn't bother me.”
Davydenko recently beat German qualifier Benedikt Dorsch in the first round of the Qatar Open and stated that the slow pace of the investigation is frustrating.
'I provided telephone connection data at the beginning of December and then the ATP wanted data from my wife and brother, which we refused” said Davydenko.
“If we allowed that to happen, they would be taking data from my grandmother.'
The investigation surrounds a match in August against a lower ranked player in Poland where Davydenko was beaten after taking the first set. Investigators claim that online betting odds shifted dramatically against him in mid-match, sparking the ATP’s suspicions.
Davydenko’s comments follow the banning of two Italian professionals by the ATP last week. Potito Starace, the nation’s top-ranked player, and Daniele Bracciali were found guilty of betting on matches and banned for six weeks and three months respectively.
There is also the nine-month ban handed out in November to Italian player Alessio Di Mauro, the first tennis professional to be caught in a betting crackdown. Ranked as high as 68th in the world by the ATP, he has since stated his intention to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration For Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.