Since the BBC and Buzz Feed’s revelations a few days before the start of the Australian Open, the world of the small yellow ball is accused of being rigged. If a great majority of matches are clean, this scandal has raised attention on few matches where money takes over the sport. Here are a few clues to recognize them. Be careful, it’s a parody.
…the players are smiling.
…the third set is won 6/0.
…there are no break points.
…I saw that wink at 5-0.
…it’s not broadcasted.
…there are no fans.
…well…you’re watching a Challenger.
… the guy who has just lost tweeted saying that he was happy.
…the guy who has just won runs to hide in the dressing room.
…you see aces at 150 km/h.
…In one of the player’s boxes, there is a strange guy wearing a moustache and sunglasses.
…a player starts limping just as he’s easily winning 6-3, 3-0.
…the loser hasn’t challenged the umpire once.
…the winner hasn’t scored a single winner.
…the winner is eating gluten between each games.
…the coaches are on their phones, playing Candy Crush.
…the total sum bet on that match is higher than the tournament’s prize money.
…the physio called out on the court used to be a mime teacher.
…Everyone in the stands goes home with a caught tennis ball.
…The ace percentage on second serves is higher than 50%.
…One of the player’s wives was seen at 17 different bookies the previous day.
…A player comes out of a clay court with clean socks.
…the loser made 21 foot faults.
…the Karabatic brothers are playing in the doubles.
…the 6th set is just starting.
…Even Nelson Monfort is getting bored.