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Murray tries to clarify remarks ahead of meeting with ATP

10/14/2007 - Tennis

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.

"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."