ATP official, Vijay deny match fixing in tennis

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Chennai, Dec 29 (UNI) Tournament director for Chennai Open Fernando Solares of ATP South Asia region and former Indian tennis ace Vijay Amritraj today stronlgy denied that the scourge of match fixing was hitting tennis also.

Answering questions on the issue, Mr Solares and Vijay said the charge by two Italian players which led to their ban, claming that a few players had thrown their matches even in a Grand Slam tourney ''are just rumours.'' It was not possible to fix a match in tennis and no player would even think of doing it, Vijay said, adding this is because ATP computer points were vital for any player to progress up the ladder in his professional career.

''Some guy somewhere betting his money on a player is not match fixing'', Vijay said.

''We have never had match fixing in tennis'', Vijay said emphatically while Mr Solares added in tandem '' ATP will make sure that there is no such thing.'' ''You can't pay anyone to throw a match'', Vijay said.

Asked why then the ATP had placed so many restrictions on the players, officials and the press in the Australian Open, Mr Solares said ''ATP is only doing what it has to do by placing restrictions.'' UNI

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