British Davis Cup player reveals bung offer

London (AFP): Britain’s former Davis Cup player Arvind Parmar said struggling tennis pros were the most vulnerable to match-fixing offers, revealing today that a shifty figure once approached him with a cash-stuffed envelope.

In allegations rocking the world of tennis, the BBC and BuzzFeed are claiming that a “core group” of 16 players who reached the top 50 in the past decade, including Grand Slam title-winners, have repeatedly caused suspicion over match-fixing.

arvind-parmar

Parmar, 37, who retired in 2006, said the allegations of widespread corruption did not come as a shock as he had turned down a bung himself.

“My only surprise at the reports this week is that the fixing allegedly involved players in Grand Slams as they have more to lose, and I’ve only heard rumours about players at a lower level,” Parmar wrote in The Times newspaper.

Parmar, who reached a career-high world ranking of 137, said he was once approached at a tournament in Groningen in the Netherlands in 2004, on the second-tier Challenger tour.

“Players on the Challenger circuit are quite vulnerable and it’s easy to see why they’re approached, as most of them are doing well to break even financially,” he wrote.

“Being presented with cash and no questions asked is a big carrot at that level.” Parmar said of the approach he instantly dismissed: “I was offered an envelope full of euros to lose in two sets, only an hour before I was due on court.

“I was approached by a random guy as I was coming off the practice courts. He showed me the money and said that I had to lose in two sets.

“He seemed anxious, nervous, and after a few quick words he began trying to press an envelope stuffed with euros into my hand.

“It was a substantial amount of money — tens of thousands — way more than I would have earned from winning the tournament and more than most players at that level would make in a year.

“But it wasn’t tempting at all. It was a split-second decision for me to say, ‘Absolutely not.’ I didn’t even consider it, and was in a state of complete shock afterwards.”

Parmar played for Britain in the 2006 Davis Cup, when he faced Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the current world number one.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here