For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there’s a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck at the Australian Open.
Recent match-fixing sanctions and a new case are bringing fresh scrutiny to the integrity of the sport a year after corruption allegations cast a pall over the first Grand Slam of the year.
“(It’s) obviously negative, always in the first month of the season starts to happen,” Nadal said at the season-opening Brisbane International. “You get tired about this kind of stuff, but the most important thing is fight against these kinds of things.”
The headlines started appearing early in the new year.
On Jan. 5,…