Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Is Tenni$ Becoming Boxing of the 21st Century?

You can expect NikolayDavydenko to get an earful from rowdy U.S. fans in Portland this weekend in light of allegations he threw a match for money earlier this summer. According to Sunday's story in The New York Times, the ATP has not concluded its investigation, but says that Davydenko has refused to turn over his phone records.

Most incriminating is the report that bets against the heavily-favored Davydenko, who is ranked fourth in the world, increased even after he won the first set 6-2 against 74th-ranked Vassallo Arguello in Poland in July. That would be akin to putting money on the Atlanta Falcons to beat the Green Bay Packers when they are down 21-0 at halftime. More than $7 million was riding against Davydenko, the story said.

Davydenko, of course, went on to lose the second set to Arguello and retire in the third set claiming an ankle injury. Perhaps someone in Portland this weekend should print up rubles with Davydenko's picture on the bills.