U.K. probes irregular tennis match betting

Oct 26, 2009 6:31 PM
by Ray Poirier | Irregular betting in the United Kingdom on a WTA Tour match being staged in Luxembourg is under investigation by British Tennis Integrity Unit.

The match involved U.S. Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki and Anne Kremer of Luxembourg. In the Luxembourg Open, Wozniacki was leading her opponent 7-5, 5-0 when she retired.

According to officials, Wozniacki supposedly suffered a hamstring injury during the match and was told by her father to quit the match, rather than continue, because she would not be able to play in the next round. It is believed that the father’s comments were picked up by an open microphone and heard by viewers watching the match.

Betfair, the bookmaking outfit that recently was licensed in the U.S. as the owner of TVG, the popular Internet wagering site, reported that the father’s comments triggered a surge of online bets for Kremer to win.

So far there has been no evidence to suggest that either Wozniacki or her father benefited from the discontinued match.

Said the talented player: "If anyone is in doubt about my injury, I can both produce a scan from the hospital and a report from the tournament physiotherapist."

Two years ago, Betfair voided all bets on a match involving Nikolay Davydenko because of suspicious gambling patterns. This is what triggered the U.K. to form the Tennis Integrity Unit.