Game, Set, Match-Fix
As the Australian Open kicks into gear, accusations of corruption threaten to overshadow the first Grand Slam of 2016.
Secret files leaked to the BBC by whistleblowers have exposed match-fixing syndicates paying players to throw matches. The outlet claims the unnamed players – including previous Grand Slam winners – were repeatedly flagged but never properly investigated. What’s more – eight players currently competing in the Australian Open were among those under suspicion.
Tennis joins a long list of sports called out for questionable practices. So what is the link between gambling, sport and corruption? And does this latest report mean that it’s game-set-match for honest sportsmanship?
We’ve got David Rowe, Professor of Cultural Research from Western Sydney University to find out more.