Britain’s former Davis Cup player Arvind Parmar said struggling tennis pros were the most vulnerable to match-fixing offers, revealing today that a shifty figure once approached him with a cash-stuffed envelope.
In allegations rocking the world of tennis, the BBC and BuzzFeed are claiming that a “core group” of 16 players who reached the top 50 in the past decade, including Grand Slam title-winners, have repeatedly caused suspicion over match-fixing. Parmar, 37, who retired in 2006, said the allegations of widespread corruption did not come as a shock as he had turned down a bung himself.
” Parmar said of the approach he instantly dismissed: “I was offered an envelope full of euros to lose in two sets, only an hour before I was due on court. “I was approached by a random guy as I was coming off the practice courts. He showed me the money and said that I had to lose in two sets. “He seemed anxious, nervous, and after a few quick words he began trying to press an envelope stuffed with euros into my hand.
“It was a substantial amount of money — tens of thousands — way more than I would have earned from winning the tournament and more than most players at that level would make in a year. “But it wasn’t tempting at all. It was a split-second decision for me to say, ‘Absolutely not.’ I didn’t even consider it, and was in a state of complete shock afterwards.” Parmar played for Britain in the 2006 Davis Cup, when he faced Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the current world number one.
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