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Unlike the WTA Tour, the ATP tour continues to be hit with revelations of betting which seeks to harm the integrity of the sport. All the talk in the past week hasn’t been about Roger Federer‘s return to form, but of his possible involvement in alleged high-stakes gambling by Ted Forstmann from his management company, IMG. Forstmann admitted that he put a $40,000 bet on Federer to beat Nadal in the 2007 French Open, a match won by the Spaniard. The Swiss vehemently denied any involvement with gambling saying, “I would never do such a thing.”
This is not the first time that a prominent player has been drawn into the controversial issue, with Nikolay Davydenko involved in a similar incident with match fixing in 2007. In January 2009, the governing body of tennis brought in rules to prevent anyone connected with the sport from betting on tennis.