Scandal: Conversation with wife could be the reason
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.