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Wimbledon hit with possible betting scandal

24/6/2009
Wimbledon officials are set to launch an investigation after “extreme” betting patterns were recorded just hours before one of the first round ties in which Jurgen Melzer beat Wayne Odesnik 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Betfair one of the biggest online gambling companies in the world, was forced to alert the authorities about a massive £250,000 in bets placed just before the match began of which only £1000 was lost by the punters. All winning bets had the final correct score of 3-0 to Melzer.

It would seem Betfair was not the only company to receive suspicious bets; Paddy Power and Ladbrokes closed the books over an hour early on the match.

The Tennis Integrity Unit are set to assess the game to come to a conclusion as to whether there was underlying betting scams or punters had just realised that Melzer was liking to inflict a heavy defeat on an injured Odesnik.

Odesknik has said that he doesn’t know why someone would bet on him losing as it was his first time on grass this season. He also said that he didn’t think anyone knew of his slight thigh strain and that he would not risk his future in the sport.
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