I was asked to fix tennis matches: Thanasi Kokkinakis

Injured Australian tennis prospect Thanasi Kokkinakis is the latest player to reveal that he has been offered money to throw a game.

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His comments came after world No.1 Novak Djokovic revealed he had knocked back a £110,000 ($A227,000) bribe to throw a match nearly a decade ago.

Kokkinakis, who is nursing a shoulder injury that has kept him out of this year's Australian Open, dismissed the offers from match-fixers as little more than comments from "randoms" on social media.

Thanasi Kokkinakis joined Ross and John in studio on Tuesday.
Thanasi Kokkinakis joined Ross and John in studio on Tuesday. 

But the 19-year-old told radio station 3AW on Tuesday morning that it was not uncommon for players to be propositioned ahead of big matches.

"I have [received offers], not face-to-face, but on social media," Kokkinakis said.


"You read some stuff on your Facebook page, just randoms from nowhere, saying, 'I'll pay you this much money to tank the game', but you try to block it off ... get rid of that stuff and focus on what you need to do ahead.

"You don't really take it seriously, there's all these randoms around the place."

Thanasi Kokkinakis hits a forehand return.
Asked to fix: Thanasi Kokkinakis. Photo: Getty Images

He said he had received more propositions via Facebook than Twitter, but did not know the people making the offers and did not pay any serious attention to them.

The South Australian was not specific about how much money had been tabled in the offers.

"I saw Djokovic, someone offered him $200,000 – mine hasn't been that much yet," he said.

However, the tennis young gun said he had been abused by punters online after losing a match.

"It's interesting ... if you lose a match that maybe the betters think you should have won you get abused on social media  - it's a very common thing. Anyone who says they don't is probably just trying to keep it in. I would assume in other sports it's a very common thing," he said.

The first day of the Australian Open on Monday was tainted by reports the Tennis Integrity Unit had failed to investigate a network of 16 players repeatedly flagged for suspicions of match fixing.

The reports said at least eight of those players would compete in the Australia Open. 

Djokovic confirmed he had been approached almost 10 years ago to throw a match in Russia.

"I was approached through people that were working with me at that time, that were with my team," Djokovic said after his opening-round win in Melbourne.

"Of course, we threw it away right away.

"It didn't even get to me, the guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn't even get to me directly."

According to shocking statistics reported in the London Telegraph, more than three times as many matches may have been fixed in tennis last year than in all other sports put together.

In his radio interview on Monday, Kokkinakis also revealed his shoulder injury came as the result of a basketball match with mates.

"The coaches won't like me saying it, but a while ago somebody actually landed on me while I was playing basketball and almost dislocated my shoulder," Kokkinakis said.

"It was OK after, but ever since then it got worse and worse."

He said he had done "everything he could" to be fit for the Australian summer, but would not return to the court until April.