NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, January 18, 2016, 2:33 PM
An explosive report released on the eve of tennis’ first Grand Slam event of 2016 accuses the sport’s leaders of sitting on their hands while gambling syndicates in Russia and Italy have gotten rich from betting on matches and buying off tennis players.
The joint investigation from BuzzFeed and the BBC claims that a group of 16 players have been reported time-and-again to the sport’s Tennis Integrity Unit for suspicious losses, and winners of Grand Slam singles and doubles events make up the “core” of that group of 16.
Following the TIU’s formation in 2008, only 19 players — seven men and 12 women — have won Grand Slam events.
The Swiss star has won a record 17 Grand Slam events in his career, including seven Wimbledon titles. On Monday, following his first match at the Australian Open, Federer said he’d like to see the names of the people involved in the reported match-fixing scheme.
With 14 Grand Slams, Rafael Nadal has established himself as one of the sport’s all-time greats.
Nadal built his resume by dominating on the clay courts of Roland Garros. The Spaniard has nine French Open wins on his record and 14 for his career. He’s won each Grand Slam at least once.
Novak Djokovic has won 10 grand slams, including the 2015 U.S. Open.
Djokovic went three-for-four in Grand Slams in 2015, upping his trophy total to 10. The only event he hasn’t won is the French Open, where he was a runner-up in 2014 and 2015. The Serbian admitted Monday to being approached — not directly — and offered $ 200,000 to throw a match in Russia in 2007.
Juan Martin Del Potro pulls off a shocker by winning the 2009 U.S. Open.
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
As a 20-year-old the Argentine stunned Roger Federer by winning the 2009 U.S. Open, ending Federer’s five-year winning streak in Queens. Del Potro was first-time Grand Slam finalist in 2009, and knocked off Nadal on his way to his only title.
Andy Murray has two Grand Slam wins on his resume.
Always in the second cut below Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, broke through in 2012 by winning the U.S. Open and made a nation proud in 2013 by becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry did it 77 years earlier.
Stan Wawrinka has emerged as a threat at Grand Slams, winning two titles since 2014.
Federer’s countryman burst onto the stage in 2014 by beating top-seeded Nadal to win the Australian Open. Since 2013 he’s reachd the quarterfinals of every Grand Slam and also has a 2015 French Open win on his record.
Marin Cilic becomes an unlikely Grand Slam winner at the 2014 U.S. Open.
His one-and-only Grand Slam came at the 2014 U.S. Open whe, as the 14th seed, he upsed Tomas Berdych and second-seeded Roger Federer to reach the final, where he beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori.
With 21 Grand Slam wins, Serena Williams is well on her way to breaking the record for most Grand Slam wins by a woman.
Perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time, Williams has 21 Grand Slam wins on her resume. She fell one win short of completing the Grand Slam in 2015, bowing out in the U.S. Open semis. Dominant on all surfaces, she’s won six Australian Opens, six Wimbledons and six U.S. Opens. She’s also won 13 doubles titles playing with her sister, Venus.
Venus Williams would have more Grand Slams on her resume if she didn’t run into her sister in eight finals. She’s 2-6 against Serena.
A seven-time Grand Slam champion, the elder Williams sister piled up the hardware at Wimbledon, where she captured five titles. Who knows where she’d stand if she didn’t have to play against her sister; they’ve met in eight Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning six of their meetings.
The Russian has played in 10 Grand Slam finals, winning five of them. Three of her five losses in finals came against Serena Williams. She’s won each Grand Slam event once and has two French Open titles on her record.
When she gets to a final, she wins it. The Czech has played in two Grand slam finals, winning both times. Her two titles have come at Wimbledon, where she won in 2011 and again in 2014.
Ana Ivanovic has one Grand Slam on her record.
A three-time Grand Slam finalist, the Serbian has one win on her record, beating Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open. She’s advanced to the quarterfinals just three times since that win at Roland Garros.
The Russian played in four Grand Slam finals, winning twice, most recently capturing the 2009 French Open with a win over Safina. Her other title came at the 2004 U.S. Open.
After losing in her first four Grand Slam finals, Kim Clijsters ran off four straight wins.
An eight-time Grand Slam finalist, Clijsters dropped her first four finals appearances before breaking through at the 2005 U.S. Open with a win over Mary Pierce. She’s won three times in Queens (in 2009 and 2010) and also has an Australian Open title (2011) on her resume.
The Chinese star won her first Grand Slam at the 2011 French Open as a relatively unknown sixth seed, beating Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, seeded seventh, along the way. She beat Italian Francesca Shiavone to win it. She’s also won the Australian Open (2014).
A former No. 1 doubles player — she’s won Grand Slams playing mixed doubles and with a female partner — Stosur’s lone Grand Slam singles title came at the 2011 U.S. Open, where she stunned Serena Williams.
Victoria Azarenka is a two-time Australian Open champ.
Azarenka is the only player from Belarus, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title. Belarus. She has two Australian Open wins on her record — winning back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 — and is a two-time runner-up at the U.S. Open.
France’s Marion Bartoli wins Wimbledon in 2013 by beating Sabine Lisicki.
The Frenchwoman’s lone Grand Slam title came at Wimbledon in 2013, where she won as a 15 seed. She beat Sabine Lisicki in the final, who had upset defending champion Serena Williams in the fourth round.
Flavia Pennetta wins the U.S. Open in 2015 as the 26th seed.
The Italian’s first Grand Slam came as a 33 year-old. Pennetta won the U.S. Open as the 26 seed, beating unseeded countrywoman Roberta Vinci — who shocked Serena Williams in the semifinals, denying her a calendar Sla — in the final at Ashe Stadium.