Retiring Hewitt brands match-fixing claims as `absolute farce`

Johannesburg, Jan. 22 (ANI): Retiring Lleyton Hewitt has outrightly rejected claims linking him to match-fixing scandal, describing the allegations as ‘an absolute farce’ after ending his illustrious tennis career at the Australian Open.

Hewitt, who crashed out of his last Grand Slam tournament with a three-set loss to Spaniard David Ferrer in the second round on Thursday, expressed that it was disappointing to see his name being thrown into the match-fixing allegations that have rocked the sport, Sport24 reported.

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 had been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) over suspicions that they had thrown matches, adding that eight of them are still due to play in the Australian Open.

The 34-year-old veteran, however, branded these claims as absurd, insisting that nobody at the playing arena would think that he had been involved in corruption or match-fixing. (ANI)

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