The recent arrest of former Pro Tennis player Nick Lindahl from Australia for apparent match fixing seems a little over the top especially if you read one of my recent chapters (Fascinating Story).
Lindahl, formerly of Sweden has been made an example of by the sport of tennis, albeit at the much lower Futures level of tournament play.
What about the chapter I wrote regarding Chela and Schwank and what became of that rather 'obvious' match fixing episode ?? Why wasn't as much put into that farcical match as far as investigations were concerned and why are they targeting the 'small boys' compared to the 'big boys' ?
Easy answer; They want to make an example of the up and comers as opposed to bringing to light what is obviously happening on the professional tour itself, I reckon that's weak as piss. Why not make an example of the two Argentine players who were obviously 'having a lend' of everyone around them including the sport itself. All too hard ATP ?
Whoever set the dogs onto Lindahl needs to take a long hard look at themselves because making an example of him is missing the point as the real issue is obviously at the higher level, it's just not 'cool' to admit it. Why is this ?
It would bring the game of tennis into disrepute, no question.
Sure what Lindahl did was wrong but at the Futures level it seems way over the top as far as 'Organised Crime Investigations' are concerned. The ATP needs to tackle the problem at the top and work it's way down, not the other way around.
Start with the 'big boys', surely that will set the precedent for the rest of the players on either the big stage or the not so glamorous smaller stage that is the breeding ground of future professional tennis players.
Like the title suggests of this chapter............