Former world’s no.1 Roger Federer said he wants to know who are the players flagged multiple times for match-fixing violations, calling the latest controversy a super serious issue that threatens the integrity of the sport.
Federer, who punched his ticket to the second round with a straight set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2, 6-1, 6-2, was asked by the media about his reaction to the latest expose’ implicating 16 unnamed top-50 players to match-fixing.
The Swiss called out to bare names of these players allegedly involved in this scandal, especially after learning that half of these players are competing right now at the Australian Open.
“I would love to hear names,” Federer told the Associated Press via Sports Illustrated. “Then at least it’s concrete stuff and you can actually debate about it. Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which Slam?
“It’s super serious and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport. So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be.”
Federer, a former president of the ATP Players council, also stressed keeping the sport clean from any controversy like performance-enhancing drugs and match-fixing businesses is a must to ensure the integrity and longevity of tennis.
“We’ve got to do everything keep the sport clean. It’s vital, there’s no doubt about it. “It’s all over the place. It’s nonsense to answer something that is pure speculation.”