Richard Bloomfield (he hails from Alpington, near Norwich), ranked a lowly 552 in the world, had a surprise first round upset victory at the ATP Tour event in Newport Rhode Island, against the former world 38 – Christophe Rochus. Thanks to a number of warning signs this match will see an investigation launched for gambling & match-fixing. Reports of strange betting patterns before the game at the Hall of Fame Championships on Tuesday had quickly drawn to the attention of the anti-corruption Tennis Integrity Unit. Typical low profile matches like this just don’t get £1million in wagers. Even though sports betting is legal, fixed matches aren’t.
Fans watched as the 27-year-old underdog, from Norfolk, scored a 7-6 6-3 win over the Belgian, who is now ranked 160, in the post-Wimbledon grass court event. Strangely, It was only the second ATP tour level match he has won in his career. The original match odds were around evens for both players, yet in the hours leading up to the match the British player was backed down to an inexplicable 1-4. Obviously some people believed he would lose regardless.
So far Roger Federer has never been involved with any tennis bet schemes. He always tries his hardest. Just lately his hardest has been good enough.
If you want to read more about match fixing I would suggest the book “The Fix”. The Fix is the most explosive story of sports corruption in a generation. It presents compelling evidence that some of the highest soccer matches in the world may have been fixed: European Champions League, Olympic and World Cup tournaments.