Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he was once indirectly offered £110,000 to throw a first-round match at a tournament in Russia.
The approach came for him to lose in the St Petersburg Open, although he never ended up playing in the event.
Djokovic, through to the second round of the Australian Open, was answering questions about allegations relating to match-fixing in tennis made by the BBC and Buzzfeed.
“I was not approached directly. I was approached through people that were working with me at that time, that were with my team,” he said.
“Of course, we threw it away right away. 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.
“Unfortunately there were some, in those times, those days, rumours, some talk, some people were going around. They were dealt with. In the last six, seven years, I haven’t heard anything similar.
“It made me feel terrible because I don’t want to be anyhow linked to this kind of opportunity. 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.”