Sergiy Stakhovsky Turned Down $100,000 Match Fixing Offer.
In an interview with Ukrainian television, the tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky revealed that he had been offered a large sum of money ($ 100,000, about 91,000 euros ) to lose his first round match against Frenchman Arnaud Clement in the Australia Open 2009 .
Sergiy Stakhovsky explained that he rejected the offer although he ended up losing in five sets (6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1). “When I got off the court, I think I would have hit my racket against those who offered me the money if they had been there,” Stakhovsky said in his interview with the French newspaper L’Equipe.
The player, now in 169th place in the ATP, also explained that he had brought to the attention of the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), which had just been created at the time, such corruption attempt. The court requested the identity of the people who tried to bribe him, but Sergiy Stakhovsky was silent for fear of retaliation . “Can you protect my family?” He asked them. This man (the one who tried to bribe him) is just an intermediary, there are very dangerous people above him and my family lives in Ukraine … The officials of the Tennis Integrity Unit told me that they could not guarantee my safety, “he acknowledged. .