Davydenko Betfair gambling probe not finished yet

The betting investigation into the Nikolay Davydenko and Martin Vassallo match has gathered pace with a request for the pair’s phone and e-mail records.

The request comes after the appointment of two former Scotland Yard detectives looking into dubious betting patterns on the online betting exchange website Betfair.com surrounding Davydenko and Vassallo’s match in Sopot, Poland, three weeks ago.

Despite Davydenko cruising to win the first set 6-2, Vassallo was still heavily backed before Davydenko eventually pulled out with a foot injury.

After noticing the irregular betting patterns, Betfair immediately voided all bets on the match.

Investigators are set to talk to both men at the upcoming US Open, which starts this Monday.

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) is keen to get to the bottom of the matter and has drafted in the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to help with the investigation.

"We are committed to a thorough, fair and comprehensive ATP investigation and our decision to involve the BHA is testimony to that commitment," said Etienne de Villiers, ATP executive chairman.

"It underscores how seriously we regard any suggestion of corruption in our sport. The BHA team are industry leaders in this area and their expertise, knowledge and resource will be invaluable."

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-08-23 11:18:26

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