Friday, September 12, 2008

All bets are off

Well, it looks like things have finally come to a wrap on the whole Nikolay Davydenko gambling fiasco as the ATP has announced that he's in the clear.

It's been dragging on forever, but what a wild ride it was! Chair umpires accusing Nik of tanking, journeymen galore getting busted for betting on matches, players saying they were offered money but not saying from whom: Oh, what fun!

Seriously, though, over the course of the year, there were only two things that made sense to me about the whole situation being brought to light: One was Tommy Haas calling for the players saying they were approached to name names. The other was Davydenko's explanation for what could've happened—maybe someone overheard him exclaiming to his box that he might not be able to go on and others running with it. But then again, what gets me about that is that there was a TON of money being bet on that match. Could that little information create such a flurry? Hmmm...

HBO's "Real Sports" had a segment on this in its most recent episode. It was interesting, but I think it kind of appealed to everyone's craving of the sensationalistic. A point was made on the show about tennis allowing some almost-devious things to continue, such as guarantees and matches tanking. Could gambling be far behind? I hope that won't be the case.

I also hope this is the end of the whole fiasco.

Anyone want to bet that won't be the case?

(Photo: Getty Images)


Shelia said...

Hi Van!

I was just reading another article on this. Whatever the case, I had a hard time believing that the hardly speak above a whisper Davydenko was some big time gambler. Come on!

Who is the lowest key man in the sport of tennis (that we know of), Nikolay Davydenko!

I think that they owe him some money. Davydenko was on a hell of an upward surge before all of this came into play. He went from someone that most people barely knew to the face of gambling in tennis. They stressed the hell out of that poor man.

I hope that he can pull it together and gain the ground back that he lost.

freakyfrites said...

Hey, Van. I agree with you entirely about the two main things that stood out in your mind. Why didn't anyone name names? Scared of retaliation from mobsters? Lame. And why was the simplest explanation (someone overheard) discounted until the end? It was definitely the guilty until proved innocent treatment for old Kolya.

Freaking me out: that photo of Davydenko actually makes him look pretty hot. Or is it just the cloud of controversy lifting has made me think better of him? :)

Looking forward to Spain vs. USA!!!

Naf said...

Van! I agree with Shelia. Davydenko should sue, and the ATP should justify why this investigation took so long.

Jodi said...

Yes, why did this investigation take so long? Davydenko is definitely due some compensation now that he's been declared innocent.

van said...

Hey Sheila, Naf and Jodi: I hear what you're saying about the compensation and suing thing, but how long do you think that will take? Maybe he could sue them after he leaves the tour, because I don't know if he'd want to go through another year or two of this while he's still trying to play.

And hey, Freakyfrites, I have no idea why more attention wasn't paid to what Tommy Haas had to say. I wish someone would've listened!

heyheyhey said...

I don't think the ATP wants to hear what Haas is saying. I think they want the gambling issue to go away without doing anything to make sure nothing illegal is happening, or no rules are broken.

I did hear alot of speculation from media and former players (but not in public) that the Russian mafia freed Davydenko once the *scandal* became public, and he is overtraining because of it. He feels like he's been freed and can play and train how he wants to now. But that's all third party hearsay. Now that they've cleared him, it is a pretty moot point, anyway. I just found it interesting because no one would go on record with that talk. (btw, I heard this talk this summer and during the US Open.)

I find the whole topic interesting, and compare it to investigating an athlete for using steroids (but doesn't fail drug tests). Speculate all you want; It is really hard to produce proof.