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'Match-fixing won't be tolerated in SA'

Tennis SA President Gavin Crookes has warned South African tennis players about match-fixing.

 Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Gavin Crookes, President of Tennis South Africa, has told Eyewitness News match-fixing in South Africa will not be tolerated.

World tennis was rocked this week with reports of match fixing from top players in 2008, some of whom are currently competing at this year's Australian Open.

Crookes says the punishment for match-fixing must be non-negotiable.

"Any player who was found guilty of something like this would take a lifetime vacation out of the game at all levels, where they wouldn't even be allowed to be a member of an affiliated cup."

He says this is not a modern problem, looking back at a case he was aware of in the 1980s.

"There was a number one tennis player who has since retired from the game. It was common cause that he would literally bet on himself to lose. He would clearly make more money out of the betting that he would out of the prize money for having lost out on a slam."

The allegations made ahead of the start of the Australian Open this week, suggested that top players, including a Grand Slam winner, was involved in match-fixing.