Novak Djokovic says he was offered $200,000 to lose a match in 2007, he told reporters Monday in response to new allegations of match fixing in men’s tennis.
On Sunday, BBC and BuzzFeed released a report alleging that 16 top-50 players, more than eight of which are participating in the Australian Open, have been flagged multiple times for match fixing but have continued to play without discipline from the Tennis Integrity Unit.
At a press conference Monday, Djokovic told reporters that he was approached indirectly through people who worked with him with an offer of $200,000 to throw a first-round match in a 2007 tournament in St. Petersburg. Djokovic said he did not entertain the offer.
“Of course, we threw it away right away,” Djokovic said.
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