A Look Into the Murky World of Match-Fixing
Posted on February 05 2019
Match-fixing in tennis is one of those issues that blows hot and cold in the media. A new document gets published and suddenly it’s all anyone can talk about, but outside of those times, it’s something that tends to get forgotten.
This week, the BBC wrote an excellent article on Karim Hossam, once the next great hope of North African tennis, now the center of match-fixing controversy. Hossam’s story just goes to show the difficulties that tennis faces with match-fixing. It might not be in the media all the time, but match-fixing is surely happening far more than we think.
Reading the BBC’s article, it soon becomes clear why this is such an issue for tennis. While the top echelon of tournaments offers all the glitz and huge prize money, there is not a lot of money to be made at the lower end of the game. Minimal prize money is spent on huge travel and coaching expenses, and this leaves players susceptible to match-fixers.
Hossam, once seen as the future of Egyptian tennis is one of those who fell into the trap and his dreams of competing on the biggest stage are over. Surely there is more that can be done to protect young players from this virus we have in tennis?
Check out this great article by the BBC!
There always seems to be a bit of a vacuum in the tennis world in the aftermath of a Grand Slam. After the first showcase event of the year, player’s have been battling it out in some slightly more far-flung corners of the globe this past week. That doesn’t mean there’s been a lack of quality tennis, drama and controversy though!
Our favorite roundup of the week’s tennis came from tennis.com with a great catch up on what’s been happening in tennis. In St. Petersburg, Kiki Bertens took the title in a straight sets win against Donna Vekic, while Ukrainian, Dayana Yastremska claimed victory in the Thailand Open.
18-year-old Yastremska’s victory wasn’t without controversy though, as she took a medical timeout at 2-5 in the 3rd set of the final, before mounting a remarkable comeback.
Even more controversial is this year’s Davis Cup. The new “World Cup” format has caused a big stir in the tennis community, and it remains to be seen whether the new format will take off. This past week saw the first round of qualifying, and tennis.com has the roundup.
Find out what happened in the tennis world last week!
Another good article from the BBC and a little bit of fun! They take a look at some of the more unusual trophies on the tennis circuit. Our personal favorite is Lesia Tsurenko’s bemusement with her sombrero. Andy Murray also looks pretty excited about the lederhosen he won in Munich!
See the more unusual trophies of tennis!