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Tennis authorities examine document containing 150 suspicious matches dating back to 2002

LONDON — Tennis officials are examining 150 professional matches considered to be suspicious, including some at Grand Slams, dating back to 2002.

"We were in receipt of the document yesterday, and it has been sent to the relevant authorities within tennis," ATP spokesman Kris Dent said Thursday.

The document was labeled "Suspect Tennis Matches," and it was unclear who compiled the list.

Match-fixing rumors have swirled around tennis after online betting site Betfair voided bets on a match in August because of irregular betting patterns. Fourth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko withdrew from that match in Poland against 87th-ranked Martin Vassallo Arguello in the third set because of a foot injury. The ATP is looking into it.

The listed matches were followed by a brief explanation as to why they were considered to be suspicious, with reasons ranging from illness to leaving town to prepare for another tournament.

"I saw this list earlier in this week after it was passed on to me," said Adrian Murdock, a spokesman for Betfair. "It's already gained quite a lot of notoriety within the industry. Quite what the long term effects of this will be I don't know — I don't think anybody is yet able to predict that."

ATP players and their entourages are not allowed to bet on any tennis match.

"We have not found evidence of corruption in the sport," Dent said. "But we recognize there is a threat to all sports posed by gambling."

The ATP is planning to meet with the International Tennis Federation and the WTA in London on Friday to discuss match-fixing. The meeting comes only three days after 18th-ranked Andy Murray became the latest player to speak out about corruption in the sport, saying "everyone knows it goes on."

"I'm not going to name names," Murray said Thursday from Moscow, where he was upset in the second round of the Kremlin Cup. "I've just spoken to quite a lot of the players about that and there's obviously something that needs to be addressed. I'm going to speak to the ATP in Madrid to discuss that."

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal doubted Murray's claims.

"I doubt he knows more than anyone else," Nadal said. "I see what goes on each week on the circuit just as he does, and I'm not more stupid than him as to not see what goes on."

Murray's previous comments also revived talks about a rule requiring players to tell the ATP within two days of any information they may have regarding match-fixing.

"Any information we receive regardless of source we examine and investigate," Dent said.

Since the Davydenko match, others have said they have been approached by outsiders trying to influence a match. Last month, Belgian player Gilles Elseneer said he was offered — and turned down — more than $100,000 to lose a first-round match against Potito Starace of Italy at Wimbledon in 2005.

On the women's tour, a match in September drew suspicion for unusual betting patterns.

An online betting site briefly delayed payment after 120th-ranked Mariya Koryttseva beat No. 96 Tatiana Poutchek in the quarterfinals of a tournament in India. Eventually, bets were paid out, and both the WTA and the betting site said they doubt there was any wrongdoing connected to the match.