Murray slams `hypocritical` betting sponsorship in tennis

London, Jan.19 (ANI): Expressing views on the recent allegation of widespread match-fixing in tennis, world number two Andy Murray has said that it is hypocritical to allow the betting companies to sponsor tournaments.

Earlier, some secret files exposing widespread match-fixing in Tennis rocked the Australian Open as about eight players, who were found suspicious in the past, were found to be in the main draw of the 2016 tournament.

The Scottish player, who said that he had never been approached to fix matches, insisted that he was not at all surprised by the involvement of players from top 50 in match-fixing.

Suggesting the solution to eradicate such illegal activity, Murray said that there was an immediate need to educate young players and make them aware about dangers of corruption, the Guardian reported.

The 28-year-old called on the top management of game to be a little more proactive in educating the young players in order to solve the issue from the root.

According to reports, the BBC and Buzzfeed received a cache of documents dating back to 2007 from an anonymous group, alleging widespread suspected match-fixing at the top level of world tennis.

The BBC said that a total of 16 players from the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) over suspicions that they have thrown matches, adding that eight of them are still due to play in the Australian Open.

Meanwhile, Murray kicked off his Australian Open on a winning note as he thrashed German teenager Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the tournament. (ANI)

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