Murray tries to clarify remarks ahead of meeting with ATP

Updated: October 14, 2007, 10:18 AM ET
Associated Press

MADRID, Spain -- Andy Murray tried to clarify remarks he made about corruption in tennis on Sunday, two days ahead of his scheduled meeting with ATP officials about the comments he made last week.

Three or four of the players have said that they have been offered matches ... and yeah, I did say that stuff was going on but, whether players are accepting money or not, no one's been [found] guilty and to think tennis matches have been fixed, I never said that.

-- Andy Murray

"I never said once that players fix matches and that players were directly betting on matches," Murray said. "I did say that there was a lot of betting in tennis."

On Tuesday, Murray said that "everyone knows it goes on" after several other players said they were offered money to throw matches over the past months.

Murray plays Radek Stepanek in the first round of the Madrid Masters, which starts Monday.

"Three or four of the players have said that they have been offered matches ... and yeah, I did say that stuff was going on but, whether players are accepting money or not, no one's been [found] guilty and to think tennis matches have been fixed, I never said that," Murray said Sunday. "I don't think it's as big as an issue as it's been made out."

Representatives from the world's major professional tennis associations met Friday to discuss an "integrity unit" designed to keep the sport free of match-fixing.

Murray said he will meet with the ATP on Tuesday to have "a chat" about his comments. He hadn't spoken with anyone from the ATP yet "because I think they understand what happened."

Suspicions about match-fixing began after an online gambling site, in an unprecedented move, voided bets on a match in August between fourth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko and 87th-ranked Martin Vassallo Arguello in Poland because of irregular betting patterns. Davydenko withdrew from that match in the third set because of a foot injury, and the ATP is looking into it.

Davydenko has criticized Murray for his remarks, but the Scot said he was pleased that tennis' international bodies are taking action.

"The amount of money bet on some matches has people taking notice," Murray said. "Every single player wants to play in a clean sport and what they are trying to set up will ensure that the players have that."


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press