Uh oh, another possible betting scandal

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  1. S H O W S T O P P E R !

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    http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/online-action-alarms-betting-watchdogs/

    Oh boy, that can't be good.
     
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    I read this in the paper this morning, and do think that Melzer loosing in straight sets convincingly to someone who is ranked more than 50 places below him is very strange...
     
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    Betfair got $980,000 of action on that one match. It's pretty suspicious considering that it's a first round match, even if it was Federer v Odesnik.
     
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    So far tennis has stayed out of the performance enhancing drugs spotlight, for the most part.
    If these kinds of questions keep coming up about betting, it could really tarnish this sport. :(
     
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    Melzer won in straight sets.
     
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  6. JeMar

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    Sensationalist journalists trying to make tennis look bad. Here's the other part of the story:

    ESPN.com
     
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    This is ridiculous. Those betting sites are "raising alerts" any time they have to pay someone.
    Melzer beating 80 places lower ranked player in straight sets. What a crime. :shock:

    This being said, betting is ruining the sport and should be banned once for all.
     
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  8. JeMar

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    Quoted from ESPN.com

    Wagers draw attention, but that's all
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    Associated Press

    WIMBLEDON, England -- Wagering on a Wimbledon match soared after a TV commentator pointed out that one of the players was injured.

    The British bookmaker, Betfair, alerted tennis corruption investigators about unusual betting patterns for the first-round match Tuesday between 109th-ranked Wayne Odesnik of the United States and 30th-ranked Jurgen Melzer of Austria but did not suspect any wrongdoing, spokesman Mark Davies said on Wednesday.

    Davies said Betfair received more than six times as many wagers as it would normally receive for such a match. Melzer's odds "shortened significantly," Davies said, after a TV announcer noted shortly before the match that Odesnik had a thigh injury. Melzer won 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

    Betfair received about $980,000 in wagers on the match, Davies said. The average for a first-round match at Wimbledon is less than $163,000.

    "It's being reported as potential corruption, but I don't see it that way at all," Davies told The Associated Press. "I doubt that there was any wrongdoing."

    Still, Betfair reported the heavy betting to the International Tennis Federation's integrity unit.

    "Because of the transparency ... we pass that info on to the Tennis Integrity Unit," Davies said. "Then they can make a judgment. But having heard the commentary on the match, I don't suspect that this is going to turn out to be any kind of corruption story."

    The All England Club referred all questions about the betting to the ITF, which refused to comment. The ITF's Tennis Integrity Unit never comments on an ongoing investigation.

    Tennis increased the attention it pays to allegations of match-fixing and players betting on the sport since Betfair voided all wagers on a 2007 match between fourth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko and 87th-ranked Martin Vassallo Arguello after suspicious betting patterns emerged. The players were cleared by an ATP investigation.

    After Tuesday's betting received widespread coverage in British media, match-fixing was again a hot topic at Wimbledon.

    "It has no place in tennis, those kinds of things," Roger Federer said when asked about possible corruption. "But it's hard to control. But I'm sure the ATP and the ITF, we're trying our best to catch those guys, if there are any out there. I think we should have massive bans on those who get caught so they get really scared of doing it."
     
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    What is out of the ordinary here? Meltzer was higher seeded and expected to win. Odesnick says he was injured, and lost. All this is public info. How can the players help it if people bet on them?
     
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