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PM calls for independent probe into elite tennis 'fixing'

David Cameron has called for an independent investigation into the "deeply concerning" allegations of widespread match-fixing in tennis, including at Wimbledon.

David Cameron, seen in the royal box at Wimbledon, said claims of match-fixing in tennis hurt the sport's supporters the most. Credit: PA Images

A Downing Street spokesperson said the Prime Minister wants to see "action taken" in the wake of claims that 16 elite players had been reported over fears of fixing in the past decade.

It is deeply concerning that another sport is facing such serious allegations. As with the allegations we have seen in other sports like athletics and football, the people who suffer most are the fans.

The Prime Minister would want to see these issues investigated by the independent authorities. The most important thing is that action is taken in response and the independent authorities get on with that.

– Downing Street spokesperson

Djokovic reveals he was offered £140,000 to throw match

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic has revealed he was offered £140,000 to throw a match in 2007 as the sport faces fresh allegations of elite match-fixing over the past decade.

Djokovic said "people that were working with me at the time" were approached with a $200,000 (£140,000) offer for him to deliberately lose a match at a tournament in St Petersburg.

Novak Djokovic said match-fixing went beyond unsportsmanship and must be regarded as a 'crime'. Credit: Reuters

"Of course, we threw it away right away," the Serbian told reporters on the day he began his defence of the Australian Open. "It made me feel terrible."

Responding directly to the latest allegations, Djokovic suggested the alleged widespread fixing concerned matches "almost 10 years ago" and players "who are not active any more" despite claims one top-50 player suspected of fixing is competing in the Australian Open.

The 10-time grand slam winner said the sport had "evolved" and "upgraded our programmes and authorities to deal with these particular cases", adding: "I don’t think the shadow is cast over our sport."


Lewis Hamilton refused entry to Wimbledon Royal Box

Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton was refused entry to the Royal Box for the Men's Wimbledon final because of a "misunderstanding" over the dress code.

Lewis Hamilton shared this snap in the hours before the Wimbledon final. Credit: Instagram/Lewis Hamilton

The 30-year-old had shared a picture from the All England Club saying he was "honoured" to have been invited to watch the showdown between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer from the Royal Box.

But Hamilton did not take his seat and left SW19 before Djokovic beat Federer in a four-set thriller.

The racing star's spokesperson confirmed that he was turned due to an "unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code at Wimbledon".

"Lewis is very disappointed to have missed the men’s final," he added.

Men who are invited to the Royal Box are expected to wear a tie, jacket and shoes.

In pictures posted before he left Wimbledon, Hamilton was wearing a hat but did not appear to have a tie or a jacket on.

A Wimbledon spokesman confirmed that the driver had left before the final ended, but would not comment directly on whether the driver's attire was to blame.

Djokovic wins Wimbledon title in four sets

Novak Djokovic is champion. Credit: PA

Novak Djokovic dashed Roger Federer's hopes of winning a record eighth Wimbledon crown as the Serb ripped up the script to defend his title at the All England Club.

Federer's form had suggested he was capable of clinching his first grand slam success since 2012 but Djokovic ousted the Swiss for the second year running to win 7-6 (7/1) 6-7 (10/12) 6-4 6-3.

A stunning second-set tie-break went Federer's way on Centre Court but Djokovic was irresistible thereafter, sealing his ninth major triumph, which now includes three at Wimbledon.


Hollywood stars arrive to watch Wimbledon final

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Credit: PA

Celebrities better known for appearances in Hollywood stars arrived at SW19 to watch Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic battle it out in the Wimbledon final.

Benedict Cumberbatch. Credit: PA

Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper and Hugh Grant were in the Royal Box on Centre Court alongside a host of former Wimbledon champions. Sherlock star Cumberbatch, 38, was joined by his father Timothy, while 54-year-old Grant was sat with TV executive Anna Eberstein, the mother of one of his three children. Oscar nominee Cooper, 40, was in the exclusive box after previously sitting with Federer's camp during the tournament.

Jamie Murray loses Wimbledon men's doubles final

Jamie Murray (left) and John Peers with their runners'-up trophy Credit: Adam Davy / PA Wire

Jamie Murray and his Australian partner John Peers have lost the Wimbledon men's doubles final in straight sets.

They were beaten 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 by fourth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania.

Murray and Peers have earned £170,000 as runners-up.

His brother Andy and sister-in-law Kim stood and applauded from the stands as the pair left the court.

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