ATP to speak to Murray in Madrid about corruption claims

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MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) Britain's Andy Murray will speak to ATP investigators at next week's Madrid Masters with regard to his claims that corruption was rife in tennis, the world number 18 said.

''But I'm not going to name any names,'' the 20-year-old Scot told Reuters after his 6-4 7-5 defeat to unseeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

''I've just spoken to quite a lot of the players about that and there's obviously something that needs to be addressed,'' he said yesterday.

''I'm going to speak to the ATP in Madrid to discuss that.'' Earlier this week, Murray said players were aware matches on the ATP Tour were being fixed.

However, world number two Rafael Nadal has disputed this, saying he had seen no evidence to back the claims up.

Two weeks ago little-known Belgian Gilles Elseneer said he was offered 142,100 dollars to throw a first-round Wimbledon match in 2005 but the authorities were not aware of this incident until it hit the headlines last month.

In order to crack down on such rumours, the governing body of men's tennis, the ATP, said players would have 48 hours to tell them if they were approached to throw a match or risk punishment if they failed to do so.

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