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Love Game
06-18-2009, 02:24 PM
http://www.cbssports.com/tennis/story/11867215

say it aint so!!!!!! http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/17/17_1_10.gif

how does this make you feel?

joeri888
06-18-2009, 02:43 PM
Heard about the Hernandez-Koelerer one, other than that I don't know.. I'm not too wroked up about this. Never has been proven anything. I don't think any top players will be involved either.

Moose Malloy
06-18-2009, 02:54 PM
food for thought:

Only once in tennis history has an allegation of match-fixing been aired in a court. It is almost two years since the case was settled in favour of a gambler who profited by tens of thousands of dollars by betting on a player, who was his friend, to lose games.


The ATP, which governs the men's game, has yet to explain why it failed to present evidence to help the prosecution case despite being in possession of a dossier that might have influenced the verdict.

The case involved a professional gambler from Austria, Martin Fuhrer; a Georgian tennis player, Irakli Labadze, and an Austrian bookmaking firm, CashPoint, which accepted a bet by Fuhrer on Labadze to lose a match in St Poelten, Austria, in May 2004. Fuhrer stood to win more than $20,000 on the bet.

Unknown to most people then was the friendship between Fuhrer and Labadze. The pair socialised and dined at tournaments. Labadze also had a background, including an incident of "non-trying".

At an ATP event in Palermo, Italy in September 2003, Labadze, then ranked No 84 in the world, was drawn to play Tomas Tenconi, ranked No 225. An unusual amount, $362,741, was bet on Labadze to lose. That was six times the regular amount on a first-round match at that level. Even before the game started, bookmakers tipped off the ATP that the match was a suspected "fix". The umpire even warned both players at the start to try their best.

Labadze lost 0-6, 2-6. He was fined $7,500 by the ATP for lack of effort. What wasn't known at the time was that the gambler wagering the biggest single sum on Labadze to lose was Fuhrer.

Fuhrer was a professional gambler who knew a number of players, became a regular face on the tour in 2003 and 2004, and spent $2.5m on Betfair alone in those years betting on tennis.

On 18 May 2004 he bet on Labadze to lose by two sets to one against Austria's Julian Knowle in the last 32 at St Poelten, Austria. Labadze duly lost 2-1 but when Fuhrer went to collect his winnings, CashPoint refused to pay, saying a cashier had overheard Fuhrer telling a friend to back the 2-1 score line against Labadze.

Fuhrer took CashPoint to court, but CashPoint's defence rested on Fuhrer's bet being "an attempted betting fraud". CashPoint asked the ATP for assistance, and the request ended up in 2005 with Richard Ings, then the ATP's vice-president of rules and competition.

As chance would have it, the ATP was at the start of a cooperative information-sharing relationship with Betfair. Ings ran Fuhrer's name through Betfair's database and discovered that Fuhrer had made tens of thousands of dollars in profits by betting on Labadze to lose matches, among many other bets.

"We had little pieces of the puzzle," Ings told an investigation for ESPN's The Magazine last year. "We just didn't know what they meant." Ings emailed CashPoint's lawyers to tell them that Fuhrer had bet on Labadze five times to lose in 2003 alone, winning $45,000. Ings described how Fuhrer had taken "unusual positions placing bets at almost any odds on Labadze to lose."

Ings told CashPoint's lawyers that before the information could be used in court, his ATP superiors would need to give approval. Ings left the ATP shortly afterwards he is now the head of Australia's anti-doping agency but left a briefing note behind telling the ATP to keep an eye on what would be a landmark case.

"It is an important test case," Ings recalls writing. "The first time anyone has gone to court to challenge the relationship of a player and a gambler."

For reasons unknown, the dossier linking Fuhrer's history of bets on Labadze to lose matches never appeared before the court.

In the absence of ATP evidence, the judge in the CashPoint v Fuhrer case, eventually passing judgement on 24 September 2007, ruled in Fuhrer's favour. CashPoint had to pay Fuhrer $25,353 in winnings plus four per cent interest and $13,419 in court costs.

Labadze returned to the pro circuit in 2009 after a year's absence. Fuhrer lives in Vienna. Both have consistently denied any wrongdoing. The ATP yesterday said: "No comment".


http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/how-tennis-failed-to-act-in-vital-betting-test-case-1707743.html

Love Game
06-18-2009, 03:46 PM
food for thought:

[QUOTE]Quote:
Only once in tennis history has an allegation of match-fixing been aired in a court. It is almost two years since the case was settled in favour of a gambler who profited by tens of thousands of dollars by betting on a player, who was his friend, to lose games.


The ATP, which governs the men's game, has yet to explain why it failed to present evidence to help the prosecution case despite being in possession of a dossier that might have influenced the verdict. ...

Labadze lost 0-6, 2-6. He was fined $7,500 by the ATP for lack of effort. ...

Ings told CashPoint's lawyers that before the information could be used in court, his ATP superiors would need to give approval. ...

For reasons unknown, the dossier linking Fuhrer's history of bets on Labadze to lose matches never appeared before the court. ...

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/how-tennis-failed-to-act-in-vital-betting-test-case-1707743.html

thank you for that link, MM!!!

very disturbing to me! :(
why, ATP?!?! :mad:

gj011
06-18-2009, 03:59 PM
Betting should be forbidden. It is ruining sports.

However, this being said, I can't help but thinking that this is partly bookmakers attempt to avoid paying big winning amounts. It seems that anytime lower ranked player beat higher ranked player they are "raising alarms".

veroniquem
06-18-2009, 04:04 PM
http://www.cbssports.com/tennis/story/11867215

say it aint so!!!!!! http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/17/17_1_10.gif

how does this make you feel?
It makes me feel that anything anonymous is just a rumor and I couldn't care less about it.
On the other hand, it's clear lower ranked players are in desperate need of money. That's a shame.

veroniquem
06-18-2009, 04:05 PM
Betting should be forbidden. It is ruining sports.

However, this being said, I can't help but thinking that this is partly bookmakers attempt to avoid paying big winning amounts. It seems that anytime lower ranked player beat higher ranked player they are "raising alarms".
Interesting theory. Could well be.

gj011
06-18-2009, 04:32 PM
Heard about the Hernandez-Koelerer one, other than that I don't know.. I'm not too wroked up about this. Never has been proven anything. I don't think any top players will be involved either.

Is this the match? They seem to really hate each other, hard to believe it was fixed between the two of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfqp8QEsrds

Lsmkenpo
06-18-2009, 04:56 PM
It does not surprise me at all, when you look at the disparity in earnings and endorsements between say the top 25 in the world and those just out of the top 50-100.

I mean Gulbis is currently ranked 74th in the world and has made $188,000 US, ytd. Subtract playing expenses, and taxes from that and he probably has about 50K to show for all his hard work and talent so far this year.

A guy can be a top 200 ATP pro, play and train for years and really not have a lot to show for it, it is not as if these guys will be set for life financially from the sport.

It does not surprise me at all that matches are fixed, especially when we are talking about players outside the top 25.

Love Game
06-18-2009, 05:05 PM
It makes me feel that anything anonymous is just a rumor and I couldn't care less about it.
On the other hand, it's clear lower ranked players are in desperate need of money. That's a shame.

Just to clarify which part is annonymous:

"Some players face match-fixing scrutiny at Wimbledon, paper reports
June 18, 2009
CBSSports.com wire reports

LONDON -- A British newspaper reported Thursday that between six and 12 players entered into this year's men's singles draw at Wimbledon are being watched for match-fixing.

The Independent, citing an anonymous source, said the list includes Russians, Italians, Argentines and Spaniards, but did not reveal any names.

The International Tennis Federation would not comment on the report, and Jeff Rees, the head of the Tennis Integrity Unit at the ITF, was not available to answer questions.

The Independent also reported that a match between Oscar Hernandez of Spain and Daniel Koellerer of Austria from the Ordina Open in the Netherlands is being investigated because of unusual betting patterns, and a match from Kitzbuehel, Austria, last month is also "of concern." The paper reported that one match at the Monte Carlo Masters in April -- Jean-Rene Lisnard's win over Christophe Rochus -- led bookies to deny payments to winners.

Tennis has been hounded by match-fixing rumors since online betting exchange Betfair, in an unprecedented move, voided bets on a match in Poland in 2007 after fourth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko withdrew against 87th-ranked Martin Vassallo Arguello in the third set because of a foot injury.

In response to both the Davydenko match and other players speaking out about being approached by outsiders trying to influence a match, the ITF and other tennis governing bodies formed the Tennis Integrity Unit to keep the sport clean.

Since then, several players have been suspended or fined for betting on matches.

Wimbledon, arguably the most prestigious tennis tournament on the calendar, starts Monday at the All England Club."

Serendipitous
06-18-2009, 05:05 PM
^^^^^^^


Can you make the font a little bigger, Love Game?

Love Game
06-18-2009, 05:08 PM
Is this the match? They seem to really hate each other, hard to believe it was fixed between the two of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfqp8QEsrds


i'm gonna watch that video, but i think what the concern is, is that one player (all on his own) could decide (in order to help a betting friend of his make money on a bet) to "tank" any particular match.

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OTMPut
06-18-2009, 05:11 PM
Only once in tennis history has an allegation of match-fixing been aired in a court. It is almost two years since the case was settled in favour of a gambler who profited by tens of thousands of dollars by betting on a player, who was his friend, to lose games.

tens of thousands of $? all that trouble?
shame!

Love Game
06-18-2009, 05:14 PM
It does not surprise me at all, when you look at the disparity in earnings and endorsements between say the top 25 in the world and those just out of the top 50-100.

I mean Gulbis is currently ranked 74th in the world and has made $188,000 US, ytd. Subtract playing expenses, and taxes from that and he probably has about 50K to show for all his hard work and talent so far this year.

A guy can be a top 200 ATP pro, play and train for years and really not have a lot to show for it, it is not as if these guys will be set for life financially from the sport.

It does not surprise me at all that matches are fixed, especially when we are talking about players outside the top 25.

yes. but that's how much he has made in tennis matches ytd. i always think of gulbis and fognini together in this regard as a couple of attractive players who probably make millions on their clothing, racquet, footwear, etc., endorsements! :)