Andy Murray slams 'hypocritical' tennis tournament gambling sponsorships

Andy Murray: the player is against tournament sponsorships involving betting companies
Andy Murray: the player is against tournament sponsorships involving betting companies

British number one tennis player Andy Murray has raised concerns that William Hill's sponsorship of the Australian Open is at odds with the sport's prohibitions on players tying up with gambling companies.

Murray was speaking at a press conference following his first round victory at the tournament, which is the first Grand Slam to be sponsored by a betting company.

"I’m not really pro that," he reportedly said when asked for his opinion. "I think it’s a little bit hypocritical, really, because I don’t believe the players are allowed to be sponsored by betting companies but then the tournaments are."

"I don’t understand how it all works. I think it’s a bit strange."

Murray was correct in asserting that players can’t be sponsored by bookmakers. The ATP World Tour rulebook specifies that companies associated with tennis gambling are prohibited from any endorsements on player clothing.

In addition, players are not allowed to appear in commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis, write for a tennis betting publication or conduct personal appearances for a tennis betting company.

Many questions aimed at Murray concerned the allegations of match-fixing in the sport raised by Buzzfeed and the BBC two days ago.

Murray said he had never been approached by anyone to throw a match during his career. However, yesterday (18 January) the world number one Novak Djokovic revealed he was offered £110,000 to 'throw' a match in 2007.

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