So concerned are the Association of Tennis Professionals about players betting on their own matches that they issued a memo to all players recently warning them of the perils of match-fixing. And to think that when The Sunday Telegraph first broke this story nearly four years ago the Association of Tennis Professionals, after a brief investigation, categorically denied anything untoward was going on.
Under the headline "ATP Monitoring Gambling and Corruption in the Tennis Industry", the memo stated: "Gambling is an increasing problem among athletes - 25 per cent of this population gamble on a frequent basis. Athletes' competitive nature and the excitement of having something on the line are some of the main reasons they are attracted to gambling.
"You could be the target of organised crime and/or professional gamblers - you are an easier target if you continuously gamble at casinos, online, etc. Be careful whom you associate with. Gambling on your sport and/or match fixing will corrupt the sport and ruin your career. ATP is closely monitoring the tennis gambling industry and will take action when needed. DO NOT - under any circumstances - get involved in any kind of tennis gambling or match fixing."
I think we all know which players are involved in match fixing eh?