Amritraj: Top players not likely to be involved in match-fixing

"I have a hard time believing that it's the top players. Lower-ranked players, like say, outside the top 100 or 150 may have resorted to match-fixing. But I don't think that any of the top players would be involved."

India Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj believes it's a hard task to monitor the players on a regular basis.   -  V Sreenivasa Murthy

Responding to the reports of match-fixing in tennis, India Davis cup team captain Anand Amritraj on Saturday said he believed that the sport's top players would not have indulged in it.

“I have a hard time believing that it's the top players. Lower-ranked players, like say, outside the top 100 or 150 may have resorted to match-fixing. But I don't think that any of the top players would be involved.”

He said that the large amount of money involved in the sport now has made it more vulnerable to the practice. “There was no match-fixing during my time because there was lesser money involved in the sport than how it is like now.”

The 63-year old felt that it's a hard task to monitor the players on a regular basis. “I think the TIU (Tennis Integrity Unit) should come up with a strong monitoring mechanism, yes. But the thing with tennis is that it's difficult to constantly monitor and even if it's done, it's very hard to say whether a player is being genuine or not.”