Tennis officials are assessing reports of irregular betting on a first-round match between Richard Bloomfield and Christophe Rochus at the Hall of Fame grass-court tournament in Newport, R.I.
Online gambling exchange Betfair told The Associated Press that Tuesday’s match attracted an unusual $1.5 million in wagers and was the subject of dramatic price movement. Britain’s Bloomfield won the match.
Bloomfield, ranked No. 552, was rated even money against his 160th-ranked Belgian opponent. In the hours before the match, the odds on Bloomfield winning shortened to 1-4. After he won the first set, the odds shorted to 1-8.
The news comes as the International Tennis Hall of Fame welcomes seven new members this weekend.
Among the inductees being honored are Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge, an Australian doubles team who won 11 Grand Slam championships together, and Brad Parks — the founder of wheelchair tennis.
He’s the first wheelchair inductee in the Hall of Fame’s history. Other inductees include Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva, a doubles pair who won 38 titles together; Owen Davidson, a 12-time Grand Slam tournament champion; and Derek Hardwick, the past chairman of the British Lawn Tennis Association. The Hall of Fame will host an exhibition match on Sunday featuring the newest inductees.
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