It was about one year ago that the Russian Nikolai Davidenko, at that time world number 4, very surprisingly lost against nobody Martin Arguello at an ATP tournament in Poland. What was very controversial was that the bets on this game were unusually high, but they never managed to prove that it was fraud.
Likewise suspicious is what happened last week at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors tournament. Clear favorite Guillermo Canas was winning against Antonio Veiz (ATP 255) 6:4 2:1 when suddenly out of nowhere hughe amounts of money were bet on the Outsider. Shortly afterwards. Canas let himself treat for a shoulder problem and eventually ended up losing the game 6:4 4:6 2:6. For Veic this was the first victory at an ATP tournament of his career.
But Canas is not the only good player that lost that early in the tournament. Top seed Igor Andreev also lost in the first round against nobody Ivan Dodig who even had to play qualifications to enter the tournament. Simone Bolelli and Ivan Ljubicic didn’t pass the second round either.
Meanwhile the International Tennis Federation ITF started investigations. Concerning Canasas’ “injury” not much can be done but still a special investigation has been launched to light up a little bit what exactly was going on wrote the English newspaper “Guardian”.
The tournament director Branko Horvat has already received death threats by email saying he wouldn’t live to see next year’s tournament anymore. It was his fault that honest Tennis fans lost a lot of money was said.
The next few years, if of course there is a next time, are going to be very difficult for the ATP tournament in Zagreb!
To be continued…