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Not such an open-and-shut case _ more gambling talk at U.S. Open

Not such an open-and-shut case _ more gambling talk at U.S. Open

The ATP could have more gambling-related investigations on its hands.
In the aftermath of irregular betting on a match this month involving fourth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko, some players _ including No. 1 Roger Federer _ have said they have heard of money offers to affect the outcomes of tour matches.
"If we receive information that something untoward is happening, we will investigate," tour spokesman Kris Dent said on Tuesday.
Dent added: "We don't believe there is corruption in our sport."
One player, 97th-ranked Paul Goldstein, was quoted by USA Today as saying he was approached about influencing a match. Through the ATP, Goldstein declined to comment on Tuesday.
Asked about Goldstein's comments, Dent said: "If we hear of allegations or information as serious as that, we will or would, of course, look into or are looking into it."
He declined to say whether there are such ongoing investigations.
The tour has made efforts to educate players about antigambling rules and the dangers of betting, including bringing in a former mobster to deliver a lecture at the tournament in Miami this year.
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TYING ANDRE: Fabrice Santoro tied Andre Agassi's record for most Grand Slam tournament appearances Tuesday.
Playing in his 61st major tennis tournament, France's Santoro reached the second round at the U.S. Open by beating Spain's Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-1.
The 34-year-old Santoro, who is ranked 44th, faces No. 6-seeded James Blake next.
Santoro still trails Agassi by quite a bit in Grand Slam titles.
Agassi retired after last year's U.S. Open with eight major championships on his resume. Santoro? His best showing was a quarterfinal run at the 2006 Australian Open.
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SCALPED: Police issued summonses to two people _ guests of a woman playing in the U.S. Open _ who tried to sell tickets on the grounds on Tuesday.
The tickets were confiscated, a tournament official familiar with the details told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official report had not been released. The player was not identified.
There is a noticeable police presence at the Open. Fans who entered through the VIP entrance were greeted by the sight of an officer holding a machine gun.
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BLAKE'S TEAM: James Blake won an instant-replay challenge on Tuesday, helping him take a first-set tiebreaker and prompting his cheering section to salute his smarts.
"Har-vard! Har-vard!" his fans in the J-Block chanted.
Blake, who attended the university for two years before turning pro, rallied in a pair of tiebreakers to beat Michael Russell 7-6 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the first round.
Now, the sixth-seeded Blake hopes for that one big breakthrough win at the U.S. Open. Popular with the crowd for unceasing energy, he has never gotten beyond the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows.
"I definitely think I'm coming in here very confident," he said. "It's one of those things where for me, when I'm winning a lot of matches the way I have been, I get to 4-all, 5-all, 6-all in sets, I just feel like I'm going to win 'em."
That's a big change from his mental approach in the past, when he'd dwell on defeats.
"I definitely used to do that. That's one thing that now at 27 years old, feeling like a veteran, I feel like I'm much better at," he said.
"Losses now are still tough. But I'm finally learning _ I've been told so many times throughout the years that you really do have to have a short memory. It's just taken a while to sink in for me," he said.
His fans have stuck with him the whole way. Known for being exceptionally vocal, they're waiting to rip loose.
"They were a little more subdued, being a day match, which is good," he said. "A few of my friends actually have real jobs. They have to be at work. They weren't as big as the night session might be."
"I'm sure they'll still get rowdier and rowdier if I keep going further and further," he said.
Russell heard them just fine.
"It didn't affect me really at all. I kind of like it," he said. "I know a lot of people get rattled by it, so I think it helps."
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GOING GREEN: Billie Jean King is an innovator once again, this time in an effort to "green up" tennis.
King launched GreenSlam on Tuesday, an initiative to get fans, players and manufacturers thinking in environmentally friendly ways.
The tennis star eventually wants to establish a "Green Dream Team" of global companies and start an eco-friendly line of sporting goods equipment, apparel, shoes and accessories under the GreenSlam seal of approval.
A current green project is an Adopt-A-Highway effort to clean up a section near the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
King said she's trying to green her apartment, using longer-lasting halogen light bulbs, fewer plastic bags and less water.
"I'm like most people, I'm trying to figure it out," King said. "Promoters of venues, Little League coaches, grassroots tennis _ all of us can play a part."
"I always say champions adjust," King said. "This is going to have life of its own. It's for our future generations, and we've really got to do it now."