MELBOURNE – The world’s number one tennis player Novak Djokovic confirmed on Monday that nine years ago he was indirectly offered USD 200,000 to throw a match at the St Petersburg tournament after which he decided not to play.


“I was approached through people that were working with me at that time,” B92 cited Djokovic as saying.

“It didn’t even get to me, the guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn’t even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it,” he added.

Unfortunately, in those days, there were some rumors, some talk, some people were going around. They were dealt with. In the last six, seven years, I haven’t heard anything similar, he said.

“It made me feel terrible. For me, that’s a crime in sport honestly. I don’t support it. I think there is no room for it in any sport, especially in tennis,” the world number one said.