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Summary

  1. File on 4 looks at whether the tennis authorities have done enough to investigate match-fixing allegations
  2. Programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 20:00 GMT

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BBC Radio 4 reporter Simon Cox on File on 4: "Since our revelations – the world number one Novak Djokovic has said he was offered 140k to throw a match, Andy Murray says there has to be more education on this – it isn’t going away – tennis joins a growing list of sports – football, athletics under scrutiny over integrity."

Chris Kermode, chief executive of the ATP: "We are trying to eradicate any of this wrongdoing in our sport, the sport treats this so seriously, because it is imperative that the product is real.  

"Sport is a real product and that’s why it’s so successful and why tennis is I think in the best place it’s ever been because it is real and you know it’s in our duty and in our interests to keep it real. 

"We’ve got to be vigilant and we cannot be complacent and we are constantly reviewing the program, but you know as I said, there is no reason why the sport wants to cover anything up because that is just not in our interests."

It is worse now than five years ago. They first contact the people around the players to get information about them and then they ask or they said to the player look I bet on you today I don't want to lose my money.

Former Spanish player on File on 4

BBC Radio 4 reporter Simon Cox on File on 4: "We have found evidence that it’s still happening today. We got in touch with a former Spanish player who trains players and is currently down under at the Australian Open. Our investigation has established that eight players competing at the tournament have been repeatedly flagged to the tennis integrity unit."

BBC Radio 4 reporter Simon Cox on File on 4: "You have probably been trying to guess the names - Roger Federer has said we should name the players but along with BuzzFeed News we have decided not to because without access to their phone, bank and computer records it is not possible to determine if they have been taking part in match fixing.

"But tennis` integrity unit knows the names because the warnings have been passed directly to them from numerous bodies."

Sometimes they were talking like in the next locker about some things, I mean it’s like so many guys did it though. It was well known, it was like an open secret.

Daniel KoellererFormer player

When I was on tour I know I could tell you easily five, six names which I know 100% that they were losing matches on purpose.

Daniel KoellererFormer player

Chris Kermode, chief executive of the ATP, on the size of the integrity unit:"There was a judgement call made.  And I think it’s about the effectiveness of the tennis integrity unit, it’s not just about the numbers of people who work in one building, it’s actually the reach that they have.  And the fact that they’ve the tennis integrity unit has connections with betting companies globally to get betting data and also, with local law enforcement agencies around the world, so the reach is actually huge."

They chose a lesser option. It was going to be more difficult to actually address the concerns they had and certainly as far as a lack of betting intelligence and expertise within the unit, they were trying to do it, in my mind with one hand tied behind their back.

Ben Gunn

BBC Radio reporter Simon Cox: "Ben Gunn recommended tennis set up a well resourced integrity team to investigate corruption of up to six investigators, including a betting analyst who could spot suspicious gambling. 

"Instead when in 2008 tennis did set up its own integrity unit it went for a small unit of two former senior police officers. This, says Ben Gunn, was a mistake…"

"We said to tennis that we thought they were at a crossroads. We felt that there were suspicious games. That had gone back a number of years. We weren't actually sure that they'd investigated those games correctly and that was probably because they didn't have the structure the systems and the processes to do it. And that was really the nub of the review to actually recommend to them what resources they needed.

Ben Gunn

Separate to the Sopot enquiry - Tennis had commissioned a major inquiry into betting in tennis in 2008 lead by a former police chief constable Ben Gunn. 

His team interviewed players, officials and went to tournaments around the world. 

Ben Gunn is another insider who has never talked before about the enquiry he conducted, but has decided to now.

BBC Radio 4 reporter Simon Cox: "Mark Phillips and the other investigators passed their findings to the ATP and to their anti-corruption body. 

"They decided it wasn’t strong enough to act upon and opened no new investigations into the players, prompting accusations they sat on the evidence. 

"Chris Kermode, chief executive of the ATP, denies that’s the case."

"There were many many matches in there that were you know almost as suspicious as the Davydenko match. You would have one player who would win a set and then they would go a break of serve up and then almost as soon as that happened there would just be a flood of money for the other player who would then miraculously win eight games in a row or something like that was the main pattern of the 45 matches."

Mark PhillipsInvestigator

BBC Radio 4 reporter Simon Cox: "There was a second Sicilian group who had bet on 12 suspicious matches and made over £650,000 profit. The analysis of Mark Phillips said the betting on some of the matches was completely farcical and obvious to anyone with any betting experience that the result was almost certainly a foregone conclusion.

"The third syndicate was in Northern Italy and had bet on 21 suspicious matches again making over £650,000 pounds profit. Mark Phillips' conclusion about this syndicate was explosive. He wrote that the way that the gamblers bet on these matches "would strongly suggest that both players in the match are involved in the conspiracy”.  

BBC Radio 4 reporter Simon Cox: "What had interested me most wasn`t the enquiry but where it led the investigators. The files we have obtained reveal for the first time how the enquiry identified three syndicates making hundreds of thousands of pounds betting on suspicious matches.

"The first based in Russia had bet on five suspicious games and made over 250 pounds profit. In the documents passed to us, the betting investigator Mark Phillips wrote: “There is no doubt in my mind these accounts are in receipt of inside information, at the very least, regarding Russian players."

Richard Ings: "In talking to players about it, it became very clear that players also believed that there was match fixing which was potentially going on in the in the sport of men's pro tennis there were players who came forward to me acknowledging that in certain situations they had been approached and offered money to throw matches and it wasn't one player or two players it was it was a regular thing within the sport."

BBC Radio 4 report Simon Cox: "In 2003 Richard Ings was a senior executive at the ATP, this was a time when you start betting on players to lose as well as win. That meant a player could fix a match without his opponent knowing, so Richard Ings decided to investigate match-fixing in tennis."

Betfair's Mark Davies: "We had a management meeting to decide whether there were some players that we should stop covering bets full stop covering their matches and only one person in that meeting dissented from that view.

"There was probably a list of six or seven players, honestly I don't remember but it was sufficient that we should call a management meeting and that we should say look we we've had a big problem where we've effectively got out of jail ourselves on Thursday and we don't want that problem to recur again. 

"This wasn't something completely out of the blue for us, this was something we had been watching build."

BBC Radio 4 report Simon Cox: "When Davydenko retired hurt, forfeiting the match, Betfair took the unprecedented step of voiding the match and returning all the bets. This created a huge stir within the betting industry. 

"On the banks of the Thames within the offices of Betfair the company decided to take further action."

Betfair's Mark Davies on File on 4: "The money was coming from a very small number of accounts that were based in Russia and we couldn't be certain as to why they were as confident as they were about an outcome that didn't seem terribly likely."

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The story begins in August 2007 in Sopot, a pretty coastal town in Poland with an annual tennis tournament that was so low key there is no video archive or even images of it. Nothing. 

In the second round the Russian world number four Nikolay Davydenko was taking on the Argentine Martin Vassallo Arguello, ranked way below him. 

Normally such a match would attract modest gambling but at the betting exchange, Betfair, alarm bells rang when they saw over £3m placed on the match.

BBC Radio 4 reporter Simon Cox:"It’s not often you say this - but this is a story that has taken me six years to tell - it starts in 2009 when I was meeting a source at this office in central London and found out about an investigation that tennis had ordered into suspicious betting – I was told about confidential reports linking top players to match fixing and that set me going. 

"I spent years chasing this - in between other stories speaking to all of the key players but they weren’t willing to go public.…then when I had almost given up hope - working with Buzzfeed a whistleblower passed us a cache of secret documents which for first time tell the inside story of how tennis kept secret the extent of players suspected to be match fixing and that the problem continues to this day."

Under way

File on 4 is under way now on BBC Radio 4 and will reveals the full inside story linking top players to suspected match fixers.

There will be an an exclusive interview with a former top police officer called in to investigate the sport, and with global attention on tennis the programme will ask has it done enough to keep the game clean?

Listen on BBC Radio 4 and online on this page.

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The cache of documents passed to the BBC and Buzzfeed News include the findings of an investigation set up in 2007 by the Association of Tennis Professionals, the organisation Kermode heads. 

Its job was to look into suspicious betting activity after a game involving Nikolay Davydenko and Martin Vassallo Arguello.

Both players were cleared of violating any rules, but the investigation developed into a much wider enquiry looking into a web of gamblers linked to top-level players.

The documents obtained show the enquiry found betting syndicates in Russia, northern Italy and Sicily making hundreds of thousands of pounds betting on matches investigators thought to be fixed. Three of these matches were at Wimbledon.  

What was the ATP's response?

Chris Kermode, who heads the Association of Tennis Professionals, rejected claims evidence of match-fixing had "been suppressed for any reason or isn't being thoroughly investigated".

But he added: "While the BBC and BuzzFeed reports mainly refer to events from about 10 years ago, we will investigate any new information."

What do we know?

"Over the last decade, 16 players who have ranked in the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) over suspicions they have thrown matches.

All of the players, including winners of Grand Slam titles, were allowed to continue competing.

Read more here.

Game, Set and Fix?

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In half-an-hour, File on 4 on BBC Radio 4 reveals secret evidence of match fixing in tennis and investigates claims that sport's governing bodies have failed to act on repeated warnings about suspect players. 

The programme has seen confidential documents which reveal how some were linked to gambling syndicates in Russia and Italy which won hundreds of thousands of pounds betting on matches they played in. 

A number of those who have been repeatedly flagged on fixing lists passed to the game's Tennis Integrity Unit have continued to attract highly suspicious gambling activity. 

Reporter Simon Cox also has an exclusive interview with one of the most high profile players to be banned for match fixing who says the problem is widespread in the sport. 

It promises to be very interesting, and you can listen to full 40 minute programme on this page.

On the ball

Rugby Union

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Now then fellas, here's a story to make you wince..

Glasgow's Scotland flanker Ryan Wilson has been cited for allegedly grabbing the testicles of Northampton's scrum-half Lee Dickson.

If found guilty of the incident, which occurred in the 25th minute of Sunday's European Champions Cup game, Wilson, 26, could face a minimum 12-week ban.

Wilson's disciplinary hearing will take place on Wednesday, with any ban likely to rule him out of the Six Nations.

New sponsor required

Road Cycling

The Tour of Britain and its sister race, the Women's Tour, needs a new sponsor after Aviva ended its backing.

The insurance firm's association with the two biggest cycling races in Britain will end after the third Aviva Women's Tour, which takes place from June 15 to 18, leaving September's men's Tour of Britain without a title sponsor.

Pratley hopes for Bolton 'miracle'

Bolton Wanderers captain Darren Pratley says avoiding relegation from the Championship this season would be as good "as good as getting promoted".

The Trotters, who face non-league Eastleigh in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday evening, are bottom of the Championship table.

"If we get out of it in my eyes, it could be a miracle," 30-year-old Pratley told BBC Radio Manchester.

Whitehawk or Brighton City FC?

Football

Whitehawk have begun talks with the Football Association about changing the club's name to Brighton City but some of the National League South club's fans oppose the change and have launched an online petition in an attempt to block it.

In December, chairman John Summers told BBC Sussex: "We believe it would widen the profile of the club."

A statement on the website carrying the petition  criticised the club for offering no more than "a single sentence" of explanation.

The statement continued: "While we understand that Whitehawk's owners want the best for the club, we do not feel that changing the club's name to 'Brighton City FC' is the right choice.

"Not only is the current name unique, but the team's amazing FA Cup run this year offered a great amount of exposure for Whitehawk."  

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Bailey reveals depression struggle

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Prop Ryan Bailey says he would not have signed for Warrington Wolves if he had not received help for depression.

The 31-year-old was treated at the Sporting Chance clinic, set up by former Arsenal footballer Tony Adams.

Bailey, who agreed a one-year deal with Warrington in November, told BBC Radio Merseyside: "I never asked for help in my life for anything because it's like weakness, especially in a manly sport like this."

Harford back with Hatters

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Luton Town have appointed former player and manager Mick Harford as their new chief recruitment officer.

The 56-year-old guided the team to victory in the 2009 Johnstone's Paint Trophy final during his spell as boss.

Zoko fitness battle

Yeovil v Carlisle (19:45 GMT)

Striker Francois Zoko is a Yeovil doubt against his former club after taking a blow to the nose in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Morecambe.

On-loan Everton midfielder Liam Walsh is fit, as is Marc Laird who was on the bench after injury but did not figure.

Carlisle striker Jabo Ibehre played 89 minutes at Barnet despite muscle tightness and is likely to be considered for the trip to Somerset.

Captain Danny Grainger picked up cuts and bruises but should also be fit.

Watch tonight's FA Cup goals as they happen live on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.