Davydenko Exonerated By Tennis Probe
By Staff
After being cleared by the Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) in September, Russian tennis player Nikolay Davydenko has insisted that his sport is free of illegal gambling and that his corruption probe by tour officials was a ‘big mistake’.

The 27-year-old was under suspicion by the ATP after he forfeited a match in Poland last year that had attracted a large amount of bets. This resulted in a widespread clampdown and saw a host of minor players suspended and fined for betting on matches.

“What happened last year I think was a big mistake,” the world’s fifth-ranked professional told The Times newspaper.

“This wasn’t happening on the tour because it never happened again afterwards or before.'

The ensuing crack down saw laptop computers banned from courtside at the French Open while officials for Wimbledon barred anyone other than players or coaches from the locker rooms.

“I don’t think tennis really has any problem with gambling,” said Ukraine-born Davydenko, currently competing at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

“Tennis is clean because they tried to investigate every player, not just me. It’s a good result and I hope in the future it can be the same.'

However, according to numerous Russian media sources, Davydenko stated that he does not feel completely exonerated by the probe and is still fighting to clear his name.
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