Betting scandal at Wimbledon

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  1. urban

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    Just saw on a German newsside, that there is an investigation in a Wimbledon match between Brit Bloomfield (winner) and Argentine Beloqu, where a surprisingly high bet of 300000 Euro was placed. We had that in soccer in Germany, Belgium and Italy. Maybe it is spreading into tennis. I think, some years ago, Kafelnikov was under suspicion of throwing matches.
     
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  2. unjugon

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    Surely there´s a limit as to how much money you can place on a single bet?
    300000 seems impossible.
     
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    Maybe it was more than one bet, but summed up to 300.000 Euro. From the news, it was the betting agency 'betfair', who got suspicious on the high bets, and gave information to the ITF.
     
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    I just heard about this on the radio. This is bad for the sport. It makes it dubious due to the fact that there were so many individual bets being placed on this match.

    -ds
     
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    Perhaps one of the players rich uncles bet as a sign of confidence.

    (Aside: Do Euros have "cents"? And if so, what are they called?)
     
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    Yes, they do. They are called "cents". ;)
     
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  7. Feña14

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    Well I know us Brits don't have the best players in the world, but saying a match is fixed everytime we win one is a bit hurtful ;)
     
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  8. Moose Malloy

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    Well Berloq did lost to Blake 60,60 this year(after winning the 1st tour match of his career against Young 60,60)

    He really could be bad enough to lose a british wild card.
     
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    InterPol is looking for Tchocky as we speak...
     
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    diegaa: Thanks for the info. I think it would be weird to hear the cashier at the checkout say "that'll be 34 Euros and 18 cents please". Whoa.

    Norcal: LOL good one!
     
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    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Tennis officials were investigating reports Wednesday of irregular betting activity surrounding a first-round match at Wimbledon between a British player and a higher-ranked opponent who lost in straight sets.

    British media said up to $546,000 of wagers were placed on No. 89 Carlos Berlocq of Argentina to lose the match Tuesday. He lost 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to Richard Bloomfield, who is ranked 170 places below him and got into the draw as a wild card.

    "In the Grand Slams, we have an agreement with them (betting agencies) to give us confidential information if unusual betting patterns take place," Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock told The Associated Press. "It may be nothing or it may be something.

    "Our rules at Grand Slams are that players cannot bet. We receive information and we have no more comment to make, unless there is something further in the way of a player offense."

    London media said the bets on the match were about 30 times more than had been placed on similar British players and foreign opponents. The betting activity led online gambling company Betfair to slash the odds on Bloomfield winning the match from 1-2 to 1-10.

    Betfair said it alerted the International Tennis Federation and Britain's Lawn Tennis Association to the unusual betting pattern.

    "We contacted the ITF Grand Slam Committee and the LTA to make them aware of betting patterns before the match," Betfair spokesman Tony Calvin said.

    "We have information-sharing agreements with both these bodies. Although the amounts involved were not unusual, the betting patterns were. Bloomfield was backed from an opening 1-2 on Betfair to a low of 1-10 pre-match, and this led us to contact the ITF."

    Babcock would not confirm he had received information from bookmakers.

    "We will not comment on information we receive unless there is something to report," he said. "Maybe just somebody was betting for a good reason."

    The 23-year-old Bloomfield, who was knocked out in the first round at Wimbledon in 2003 and 2004, had never won a match on the main ATP Tour.

    Berlocq, 23, who is more successful on clay courts than grass, was making his first appearance at Wimbledon. He told reporters after the match that he picked up a foot injury prior to last month's French Open, where he lost in the first round in straight sets to Ivan Ljubicic.

    Bloomfield said he felt he had a good chance to win Tuesday because he plays a serve-and-volley game and Berlocq is primarily a baseliner.

    Asked whether he had been confident enough to have bet on himself, he replied: "Definitely not, no. I'm not that kind of person. I'd actually hardly had a bet in my life. Don't know how to play poker. I'm not into that stuff."

    Bloomfield was scheduled to play Germany's Tommy Haas on Wednesday in the second round.
     
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  12. foetz

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    well and i earned a laugh some time ago after saying a match was fixed or similar ;)
     
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    Who the hell is Babcock? LOL :)
     
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