Andy Murray calls for better education for players on pitfalls of corruption

Andy Murray was pleased to come through his first-round clash with Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open in dominant fashion.

Roger Federer was sceptical on Monday about the possibility of elite players fixing matches but when Murray was asked if he would be surprised, the Scot said: "No, not really".

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic had been offered more than $200,000 to throw a match in St Petersburg in 2006, and while Kokkinakis wasn't offered anywhere near those figures, he insists he never considered the approach.

"I do think it's important that from a younger age players are better educated and are made more aware of what they should do in those situations and how a decision like that [match fixing] can affect your career, can affect the whole sport", Murray continued.

Murray, who tweeted a link to the BuzzFeed News and BBC articles yesterday, added: "I think from my perspective, if there is corruption in any sport, you know, you want to hear about it".

There is a core group of 16 players - all title winners at Grand Slam tournaments - whose actions suspiciously and repeatedly raise red flags involving mysterious bets and fixed matches.

"As a player I would like to know", he said.

"I think that was my first one; it's never too late!"

"I don't think it's gonna be easy", she said.

"Yeah, I had a few problems but, well, I think I'm recovered now", she said of the foot problem, "so very good".

Murray, who tweeted the article shortly after it was uploaded, says he was aware of the 2007 Sopot match incident involving Nikolay Davydenko - without naming the Russian - but was unaware of the "gambling people in Sicily" and other information revealed in the report.

Zverev, who suffered a nosebleed in the early stages, is considered one of the most exciting players of his generation but the 18-year-old German - who is of Russian descent - was outplayed.

The second-seeded Murray was untroubled as he dominated from the baseline in a match lasting two hours and seven minutes in the Melbourne heat. But he acknowledged that Sam Groth, whom he and Jamie Murray beat when the big server combined with Lleyton Hewitt in the doubles of the Davis Cup semi-finals in Glasgow past year, will be a far tougher opponent in Thursday's second round match. I've been close [HERE]before, played well in a number of the finals, was up a break in the third set previous year.

The 22-year-old Spaniard retired during her first match at an Australian Open warmup tournament in Brisbane because of an injured left foot earlier this month but showed no signs of difficulty at Melbourne Park. "I think I played unbelievable - the fifth set from the break that he made me, I just started hitting winners". "I will support them all the way whatever they want to do, but I don't see myself doing that right now". He has said he'll leave immediately if his wife, Kim, goes into labor in London with their first child. 'I might be just cheering for that one'.

For No. 13 Milos Raonic the focus on gambling was an unwanted distraction.

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