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Tennis Australia board members quit

Rod Laver and TA board member Janet Young.
Rod Laver (left) says Kyrgios needs to be cut some slack. AAP
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Three Tennis Australia (TA) board members have reportedly resigned for unknown reasons, just days after allegations of match-fixing rocked the tennis world.

As the Australian Open grand slam was in full-swing in Melbourne, a trio of board members consisting of former players Kerryn Pratt and Janet Young, along with Tasmanian businessman Peter Armstrong, have reportedly tendered their resignations, News Corp reported.

The trio did not publicly explain the reasons for their departures.

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Their move came after reports of match-fixing within the sport, when a joint investigation by the BBC and Buzzfeed on Monday uncovered evidence which suggested the corruption had occurred “repeatedly” by 16 players in the top 50 of the ATP Tour.

The report also alleged that the ATP tried to cover it up and had done little to stop it.

World number one Novak Djokovic said on Monday he was approached when he was a teenager to fix a match, while, Australian youngster Thanasi Kokkinakis admitted he was also approached to tank in matches.

Other members of the TA board include president Stephen Healy and former grand slam winner Ashley Cooper.

The Open was also criticised by world No.2 men’s player Andy Murray on Tuesday for accepting major sponsorship from online bookmaker William Hill.

“I think it’s a little bit hypocritical,” he said at a press conference yesterday. “I don’t believe the players are allowed to be sponsored by betting companies but then the tournaments are.”

The association had not yet released a statement in relation to the resignations.

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