I was offered money to lose a match at Aegon Open, reveals Sam Groth

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I was offered money to lose a match at Aegon Open, reveals Sam Groth

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SportsCafe Desk

07/10/2017

Australian tennis star Sam Groth has revealed that he was offered "quite a lot of money", through social media, to lose a match at the Aegon Open event last month. However, Groth denied accepting the offer and went on to reach the semi-finals of the event where he lost to Tomas Fabbiano.

The issue of match-fixing isn't something new as many players including the likes of Novak Djokovic and Thanasi Kokkinakis have revealed they had been approached for match-fixing. Australian tennis star Sam Groth became the recent addition to that list as he revealed he was offered money for losing a match at the Aegon Open in Nottingham via a social media platform.

"It was a lot of money, but for me there’s no temptation there, because I’ve played this sport for long enough now and respect it, and I’m not going to throw it all away for a quick earn," Groth told The Herald Sun.

The 29-year old noted that the youngsters who are new to the game are lured into the trap of match-fixing as they do not get the chances to compete in the main draw of Grand Slam events right away where a hefty prize money lays on offer.

"I think guys who haven’t given themselves a chance to play in the main draw of a grand slam, or don’t see a future in what they’re doing, are enticed by those offers,” Groth said while clarifying that he had reported the concerned authorities regarding the offer.

"This is the bizarre thing — everything is online now, everything is in your face. A guy’s not calling you on a phone, he’s sending you a message on a social platform,” Groth concluded. 

Groth is currently competing in the men's doubles category in Wimbledon with Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt and the duo will be next seen in action against the Croatian pair of Franko Skugor and Nikola Mektic in the pre-quarterfinals. 

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