Tennis match-fixing: Andy Murray calls for greater transparency and protection of young players

 
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Murray opened his Australian Open campaign with a straight sets win against Alexander Zverev (Source: Getty)

Andy Murray has argued for greater transparency across all sports in response to the match-fixing allegations that have overshadowed the early stages of the Australian Open.

The world No2 was responding to claims made in a BuzzFeed News and BBC investigation that players in the top 50 have been reported to tennis authorities on suspicion of match-fixing, but no action has been taken.

Coming soon after athletics' doping scandal and Fifa's corruption crisis, the revelations have prompted Murray to suggest all sports require greater scrutiny into their inner workings.

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"I think sports could in general be much, much more transparent," said Murray after defeating former junior world No1 Alexander Zverev in the first round of the Australian Open.

"If there is corruption in any sport, you want to hear about it. As a player, you just want to be made aware of everything that's going on. I think we deserve to know everything that's sort of out there.

"Some of it will be true, some of it might not be true, but I'm always very curious with that stuff, across really all sports as well."

World No1 Novak Djokovic revealed yesterday that he had turned down over £110,000 to throw a match when he was 18 at the 2007 St. Petersburg Open.

Murray said that tennis could do more to protect and educate young players from becoming involved in match fixing.

"When people come with those sums of money when you are that age, people can mistakes," said the Scot.

"You have to be proactive with things like this and go and speak to the players rather than them reading about it in the newspapers or listening to it on the TV or the radio.

"I think the more proactive you are with educating young players, the better on matters like this.

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