I wrote this post yesterday and it attracted big traffic. A few minutes ago, the post was deleted. Thousands of readers going into search engines worldwide are now getting a ‘page does not exist’ message. Here is a replacement which is getting one tenth the traffic we were getting overnight.
People saw the Federer/Murray match and were suspicious there was something fishy about Murray’s win, and went online to search using search phrases like –
did federer throw the final, the match, the gold, the olympics and so on.
WASP – Hi Tap, here is most of your Federer Stuff which was deleted. I had some weird things happen when I was tracking this down, some of the browsers were blacking out, & overloading. It could possibly have been due to other people looking,which lead to saturation, other than that – GREMLINS!
Golds in double figures. Jeez
Watch the clip carefully. Federer sets up Murray winners, which he keeps missing. Injuries and big stage nerves prevent him winning the set, which Federer then takes.
ORIGINAL POST. I watched the Men’s Doubles Final. The match was so obviously thrown, it was ludicrous. I had my doubts about Tsonga throwing the match against Murray yesterday, especially the final set, when he made so many unforced errors in series, it was as if he was being paid to do it.
At least Murray was giving it his all.
But the doubles final with the British and Norwegian pair, Marray and Neilson was a farce. They stood at the net and volleyed balls to their opponents who were glued to the base line, but not once did they offer a lob. The rallies were non-existent. It was if all parties to the game knew the result that was fixed in advance, and just played out as dramatic a performance as they could. All did the clenched fist gesture at a rally win, and looked suitably stern at the loss of a point. It was just like a TV wrestling game with the moves worked out and choreographed in advance. Don’t get me wrong. You have to be a damned good player of any sport to throw a match and make it look like you were trying to win. These are real professionals, and they know what’s required.
This is Jubilee Year and there have to be British winners. Murray tomorrow is unlikely to beat Federer. But maybe Federer too understands the etiquette of the game. Virginia Wade was the unlikely winner of the Womens Singles in the Silver Jubilee Year 1977. Now they’re at it again. Tennis never looked duller. The days of McEnroe/Borg, and the Woodies are well gone. This is TV theatre at its worst. Wimbledon, a place I’ve visited time and time again over the years where I’ve seen great matches live, seems lost.
BBC? Read the pathetic hype.
From WASP -the comments lost when the first post was deleted by Google.
- What do the people “throwing” the game get out of losing?
- 7:00 AM
- If someone offers money to throw the game, that, as I understand it, is the normal motivation. Although people could be offered all kinds of reasons, including negative outcomes if they don’t cooperate. Stick and carrot.
The main reward for top players isn’t the prize money but the advertising contracts and so on. What about, if Roger Federer was offered worldwide selling space for his RF clothing brand, ensuring billionaire status, just as long as he doesn’t win the Final. That is beyond my current theory as to match throwing at Wimbledon, but you could imagine that as significant motivation, for example. I would be extremely surprised if Federer threw away his chance for a 7th Championship.
- 8:35 AM
stedra rulz said…
- maybe 2 or 3 times the prize money,as a losing bonus.
- 8:59 AM
- “What do the people “throwing” the game get out of losing?”
Study Betfair for liquidity and betting patterns and you soon learn where the money is going.
Match fixing is rife in most sports, I’m afraid, and there’s serious money to be made out of betting.
- 11:37 AM
- To Tap, stedra ruiz and anon11:37
Sorry you are all smoking to much “conspiracy” weed.
Either that or you need to change your medications.
You all obviously judge others by your own standards.
Federer has more than enough money and fame. He doesn’t “need” to play tennis. He doesn’t “need” to win Wimbledon again. Have you ever considered that there are people in this World who have “standards” to live up to?
- 2:37 PM
- You don’t expect him to humiliate the newly married Duchesss Of Cambrdge who’s grinning from ear to ear in the Royal Box as if she knows her role in this set-piece sporting theatre.. There is etiquette to observe, and power to bow down to, and money to be made.
- 2:49 PM
- Ok so Federer won. Where is your theory now?
Of course like all conspiracy people you will now justify yourself but never admit you are wrong… never.
There are many things wrong with the World and the system without manufacturing them.
If you were a”vrai homme” you would admit you are wrong and gain respect but my feeling is you will be full of excuses.
- 5:34 PM
- I often admit I’m wrong.
You cannot explain the Final and Federer’s numerous unforced errors, without some kind of theory. What’s yours, GS?
- 6:32 PM
- Fixed matches are not a [cough, splutter, throw up] ‘conspiracy theory’.
Part and parcel of the world of ‘sports’.
- 7:11 PM
- I always thought your site was quirky but honest.
You disappoint me Tap. You are just like the rest.
You make excuses instead of just saying you were wrong.
You have to live with yourself and it must be difficult when you lie to yourself and justify your action.
P.S. honesty is the one thing that the internet relies on. Without that the internet loses it’s power for good.
- 7:45 PM
- Interesting how these comments have appeared ‘out of sequence’.
- 5:38 AM
- When I proved an article on this site was incorrect and proved it to him he refused to take it down and wanted more proof ,he can’t accept that any of his “theories ” can be wrong
- 9:23 AM
stedra rulz said…
- Who knows? MAYBE, the fix was changed in mid-fix to wrongfoot those who said that a fix was in for Murray?
- 9:42 AM
- Maybe the fix was changed after the fix was changed again.Then when they went off someone changed the fix to wrong foot the doubters but no-one told Federer about the change of fix and he carried on with the original fix not realising that the original fix had been changed then changed again.Still width me? Ok at this point realising that Federer didn’t know that the fix which had been changed had been changed again and again a special thought transfer comms device and began beaming messages to Federer saying win? Lose? As a backup a special cloud was brought into the arena bringing a micro burst which was enoug to send Murray crashing to to the floor. Unfortunately a robot Federer which was on standby to replace the REALl Federer was denied entry to centre court by a jobsworth official because he didn’t have the correct ID. Finally veer decided ya no wat fuckit I’ll just win this and equal the record and take my chances against the Jesuit Jewish Vatican cabal.
Meanwhile the RAF continued to seed the clouds with metal so as we have a shite summer and top ourselves due to depression to thin out the population ready for world domination. That’s what really happened a ball boy told me whilst in a threesome with Gordon Brown.
- 11:40 AM
- I always leave my posts up, anonymous. Being wrong is all part of the process. That prompts those cleverer or more knowledgeable than me to bring the true explanation. I’m only a dumb human being after all.
If I delete my errors, would that make me more honest? Being trusted is more important than being right. Please correct as many of my ‘theories’ as you like.
- 12:09 PM
- That’s the best tap Blog spoof I’ve read yet.
- 12:10 PM
The Boiling Frog said…
- No offence meant Mr Tap, but have you lost the plot?
- 2:49 PM
- Oh yes. I’ve lost the plot years ago. But I am sure that Federer was throwing the match. It’s just that Murray was too uptight or injured to hit the set-up winners.
The match against Tsonga was also obvious. Tsonga looked absolutely delighted with the result, grinning from ear to ear.
- 3:48 PM
Roparzh Greek said…
- hello there, I think match fixing is also related the way they distributed the matches around the championship and Tenis Federation has something to do with that. Sometimes when I see Federer and Nadal competition on their side is likely to be easier than Djokovic competition. Djokovic is a fightr but lately he has been playing just for the sake of playing and suddenly he pull a NOVA just to remind you he wasnt number by share luck or even fixing. I saw the olympic roster match and I see Federer getting the easy march again (even though it wasnt so easy the first one) and Murray, Tsonga, and Nova on the other side so when they get to the finals they already exhausted to face Federer. Same happen when Nadal is playing, the put the stronger one on one side and easier ones to the other. So I thing tennis association preference so far is Nadal first choice, Federer 2nd choice, and Nova just was an underdog who got in out of no where. There is match fixing in every sports today so that is why Olympic should has kept professionals out of there. I think the only country that truly expose match fixing is Italy while other just shut up about it
EARLIER SPORT FIXING as reported by T.J.STOKES
The misuse of sport for propaganda purposes was very evident in Britain during the Iraq wars, when the TV news often gave football results before the war coverage and ominous death tolls.
This conversation is actually on record with the intelligence agencies.
A Labour Government spokeswoman is actually on record as having described terror attacks in the U.S. along with sporting victories as:
“A good time to bury bad news”
And just as news is no longer impartial, sport is used as a political tool.
Likewise, communist teams at Olympic games in the past were so loaded up with steroids as to make the men indistinguishable from the women. And the Chinese are now said to be using methods on children little more than babies that are as unorthodox as they are immoral.
However, according to informed sources and his F.B.I intelligence files, he was chosen to become world champion because he was good looking, smart and funny and had never been in trouble with the law.
His intelligence file also says: “He would make an ideal ambassador for American sport”.
Muhammed Ali according to one source, would let the cat out of the bag by such statements as; “he will take a dive in five”. Of course this may simply have been Ali bragging, but equally it may have been because he knew the fights were fixed.
Ali was said by one of his trainers to have been very upset to have to fight Sonny Liston.
On paper Sonny Liston should have murdered Ali, but was not held in favour with the F.B.I. because he had killed a man and had a long police record. Like many fighters both here and in the U.S., the gangsters owned Liston and they told him that as he was a favourite to win he had to throw the fight. This meant the mafia and those in the know at the F B I would clean up big time with the bets.
Liston did not hit Ali properly once during the fight, and claimed afterwards that he had boxed with a broken wrist. This is hardly likely and over the two fights the men fought, Liston came out surprisingly badly.
As East End gangster Reg Kray put it: “as if he was a bad actor.”
Liston may have been in much trouble but he was a family loving man: a big very strong, afraid of nobody type of guy. And from what a sports journalist on the Irish Times told me in an intelligence briefing some years later, Liston believed he could walk the fight, but his family would then be put at serious risk.
Liston has never had the recognition he deserved, he truly would have made just as great a champion as Ali, but he was indeed cut from a very different mould.
Tsonga resembles Mohammed Ali (Cassius Clay) facially, and in his mannerisms. What if he was also ‘resembling’ him in other ways as written above?
He’s obviously a lot better player than his match results would indicate.
TSONGA IN WIKIPEDIA
Tsonga is of mixed ancestry. His father, handball player Didier Tsonga, is from Congo-Brazzaville, and his mother Évelyne is French. Jo’s father moved to France during the 1970s to fulfill his own dreams of becoming a handball great, where he eventually met Évelyne and they married. Tsonga is nicknamed Ali, because of his facial resemblance to the boxer.
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