Questions are being asked by tennis punters around the world again, after another betting plunge came off at an ATP tournament in Austria yesterday. And the player involved has a very familiar name - none other than Irakli Labadze.
The Georgian, who lives in Vienna and is rumoured to have a penchant for gambling, was up against Julian Knowle. The Austrian went 0-11 on clay during the past two years and was expected to start as a big underdog against Labadze, who was just coming off a 7-3 clay run. It wasn't the case however - Knowle started as short as 1.25 (1/4) and duly won the match 7/5 4/6 6/2.
Once again, the figures provided by betting exchange Betfair tell the story. Labadze drifted from 1.47 to 4.50 in the few hours leading up to the match, while Knowle was traded from 2.94 into 1.25. The ATP have access to Betfair records are are expected to examine these within the next few days.
What makes this incident even more disturbing for ATP officials, is that it is thought that an unusually large sum of money was bet that Knowle would win the match two sets to one. Online betting exchange Betdaq, is thought to have matched in excess of $25,000 on the 2-1 set result at odds of 4.20 to 4.60.
Ei pelejä tänään. Aika ihme touhua tuolla Labadzella...... Ihme tulokset kylä jatkuu tällä viikolla; Garcia/Lopez Moron d Ascione/Boutter 60 60
Onkohan Thierryllä kiire Pariisiin ?????
Ehkei noi tennispelaajat vaan tienaa tarpeeksi
Mutta kaippa silläkin on tekemistä tuon asian kanssa, että kun viime kaudella oli noita samoja ongelmia, niin ne taidettiin loppujen lopuksi ihan vaan haudata kaikessa hiljaisuudessa. En ainakaan itse muista nähneeni yhtäkään juttua missään siitä, tuliko kenellekään sillon mitään seuraamuksia tuosta.