Saturday, September 13, 2008

Davydenko cleared

Nikolay Davydenko was cleared of cheating
Russian Nikolay Davydenko was cleared of cheating as authorities found “no evidence of wrongdoing by Davydenko, opponent Martin Vassallo Arguello of Argentina or anyone else associated with their match in Sopot, Poland, on Aug. 2, 2007.” So even though more than 10 times the usual amount of bets were correctly wagered on the huge upset result, no one did anything wrong (that can be proved).

Davydenko’s wife and brother refused to hand over phone records and when forced to the records were found to be conveniently destroyed by the telephone company.

Davy himself suggested that other people might have overheard him telling his wife in Russian that he might retire in the match and presumedly these other people waltzed off to the betting shops and made a few calls to their friends and maybe the Russian Mafia too resulting in the plunge on the nobody against the world no. 5. Tennis authorities have moved to counter this sort of inside information leaks by banning people from the locker rooms and banning laptops. Also some doubles specialists were banned in a crackdown on players having harmless fun.

When asked if he would put this all behind him, Davydenko smiled:
“You can bet on it!” he said.

Meanwhile other players banned now plan to sue the ATP, not because they didn’t break the rules, but because the ATP violated their privacy in exposing them. Good luck with that guys.

Rybarikova won, Paszek won, Moya won, Simon won, Baghdatis won, Hantuchkova beat Chan, Nadal burst his pants (video please?) and Serena’s writing a book. I’m guessing it will have a lot of pictures.

Is Ana Ivanovic a $100 Million woman? If so she should give some commission to Henin for retiring and gifting her the top spot that she managed to hold for a couple of weeks.

There’s also some Fed Cup final allegedly going on in Madrid – what odds can we get on Russia?

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