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Tennis umpires to be banned for match-fixing

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Tennis umpires to be banned for match-fixing

The International Tennis Federation had announced that two umpires have been banned, with four more being placed under investigation over allegations of match-fixing.

In a joint statement, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) and ITF said: “Kirill Parfenov of Kazakhstan was decertified for life in February 2015 for contacting another official on Facebook in an attempt to manipulate the scoring of matches.”

“Separately, Denis Pitner of Croatia had his certification suspended on 1 August 2015 for 12 months for sending information on the physical well-being of a player to a coach during a tournament and regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches.”

The statement added: “To ensure accuracy of reporting, four officials are currently suspended pending the completion of ongoing investigations by the TIU.”

“In order to ensure no prejudice of any future hearing we cannot publicly disclose the nature or detail of those investigations. Should any official be found guilty of an offence, it will be announced publicly.”

This follows claims of match-fixing that were brought on by a joint investigation by the BBC and Buzzfeed.

Uncovered files revealed that 16 high-ranking players have been repeatedly flagged by the TIU over suspicions that they have thrown matches over the past 10 years.

The events led to the announcement of an independent review into the anti-corruption practices of the game.

Rafael Nadal: I’m not Federer

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Nadal insists that he will not change his game despite not winning.

It was a disappointing season for the Spaniard, but Rafael Nadal insists that he will not make changes to his style.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion won three titles in 2015, but did not reach the semifinals at any of the majors.

“I’m not Federer, I’m Rafael Nadal. He has his style and I have my own style,” Nadal said.

“I for sure try to improve many things during all my career and for sure I’m working hard to be a better player. And if I am a better player for sure I will have the chance to play a bit longer.”

Nadal mostly underperformed in 2015, but he showed improvement by season’s end and finished at No. 5.

He has beaten Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray and David Ferrer at the ATP World Tour Finals before falling to World Number One Novak Djokovic.

“I think it’s obvious that I did not have the best season possible, but I am No. 5 in the world so actually it’s not a disaster,” Nadal said.

“I don’t know if I’m going to win it back, I’m working hard to create opportunities to compete for the best tournaments and I’m working so hard to try to make that happen.”

Team GB wins Davis cup for the first time in 79 years

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Team GB beats Belgium 3-1 away in the final to lift the Davis cup.

Great Britain have won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 after Andy Murray beat Belgium’s David Goffin to clinch the decisive point in Ghent.

Britain have now won the team title 10 times, while Murray adds the Davis Cup to his other major titles at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Olympic Games.

Captain Leon Smith guided Britain from the third tier to glory in five years.

Murray won 6-3 7-5 6-3 to give the visitors an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie.

The combined challenge of whistles, shouts, camera flashes and the weight of history could not derail Murray from his task – and neither could Goffin.

First RoundBeat United States 3-2 at home (indoors)
Quarter FinalsBeat France 3-1 at home (grass)
Semi FinalsSemi-finals Beat Australia 3-2 at home (indoors)
FinalBeat Belgium 3-1 away from home (clay)

Djokovic wins record fourth consecutive ATP World Tour Title

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Djokovic was beaten by Federer earlier in the week made a comeback and won in straight sets.

Novak Djokovic proves once again that he is the best by clinching a record fourth successive ATP World Tour title as a season ending trophy.

The world number one responded to a defeat by Roger Federer earlier in the week by beating the six-time world champion 6-3, 6-4 within 80 minutes.

“I am enjoying every moment on the court, I cherish every moment after dreaming of it as a kid,” he said.

He will end his season with a remarkable 11 titles including three Grand Slams, taking his total to 10 majors.

The 28-year-old has now won the season finale five times and surpasses Ivan Lendl’s 1987 achievement, when he won his third straight Tour Finals title in New York.

Also, aside from the trophy, another 1,300 ranking points and a cheque for £1.4m, Djokovic also draws level with Federer at 22-22 in career meetings.

Federer said: “It is never fun on the not winning side, but it is better than not playing at all like last year. This week was great, there were some crazy points tonight, but like plenty of times this year Novak deserved it.”

Federer defeated Djokovic indoors for the first time since 2012 on Tuesday, but the latter responded in simply irresistible style as he dispatched first Rafael Nadal and then, in the final, Federer.

It ended with a double fault as even the 17-time Grand Slam champion wilted under the pressure of such relentless accuracy from his opponent.

The pair have shared 11 of the last 13 season-ending titles between them, but it is the Serb who now dominates.