Djokovic: I was offered $200K to lose a match in Russia

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The world number one Novak Djokovic said someone offered his team $200,000 to lose a first-round match at St Petersburg Open tournament in Russia in 2007.

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He also stated at a press-conference at Melbourne’s Australian Open that he wasn’t approached directly. Instead, “I was approached through people that were working with me at that time,” he said, making clear that the offer was flat-out rejected. He didn’t even attend the tournament after all.

“It made me feel terrible because I don’t want to be anyhow linked to this kind of – you know, somebody may call it an opportunity,” he said. “For me, that’s an act of unsportsmanship, a crime in sport honestly. I don’t support it. I think there is no room for it in any sport, especially in tennis.”

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