Australian Open: 'Fixing' controversy continues to overshadow slam

    There were more claims made about match fixing in tennis.

    Story highlights

    • New BBC report claims Masters tennis matches fixed
    • Comes after first investigation published Monday
    • Players continue to play down the reports

    Melbourne (CNN)It's the third day at the Australian Open and the issue of match fixing overshadowing the season's first grand slam shows no sign of going away. Once again, players and officials played down the controversial claims.

    After the BBC and BuzzFeed News published an investigation Monday that stated match fixing was a widespread problem in tennis, the BBC quoted an unnamed former player from South America who said matches were fixed at Masters series tournaments.
      Although Masters tournaments aren't as prestigious as the four grand slams, their draws are usually considerably smaller than the singles field of 128 at majors and thus feature higher-ranked players.
      The BBC said the South American played on the tennis tour last year but is now a coach. The player had requested anonymity before talking to the BBC.
      The fresh report and a BBC radio program that aired Tuesday in the UK came in the wake of the original one Monday which said grand slam winners in both singles and doubles were among those reported to authorities for losing games when "suspicious" bets were placed against them.