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Davydenko Betting Scandal: Conversation with wife could be the reason

Davydenko Betting Scandal: Conversation with wife could be the reason On-court conversation with his wife Irina could have triggered the infamous betting scandal, Russian tennis player Nikolay Davydenko claims. According to Davydenko, "I spoke on the centre court with my wife in Russian [and] maybe it's possible, I say something [like], 'I don't want to play or I can retire'. Because we play in Sopot and many Russians are watching the match... some people can understand. It may be my mistake because I need to be quiet, I need to do only my job."

 Nikolay Davydenko's match against Argentine Martin Vassallo Arguello in Sopot, Poland on August 2nd, 2007 is under investigation by the sport's governing body, after British online company Betfair reported irregular betting patterns, which shifted from the heavily favorite Davydenko to the low-ranked Arguello. Davydenko retired hurt with a foot injury during the match and the betting website voided all bets on the match, then reported the case to the ATP. Both players have denied any wrongdoing, the investigation continues.

 Published on 06/24/2008

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