Daily Bagel: Former Aussie tennis pro reportedly fed information to bettor

Thursday December 5th, 2013


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• The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a former Australian tennis pro has been supplying inside information to a well-known, controversial bettor.

In January this year, [Steve] Fletcher received a call from a former Australian tennis professional, whose name has been suppressed.

"There is a rort in the tennis," said the former pro, who wanted Mr. Fletcher to wager on a women's doubles match at the Thailand Open. The players mentioned in the conversation were Irina Buryachok from the Ukraine and Valeria Solovyeva from Russia.


Mr. Fletcher agreed that the phrase a "rort in the tennis" could suggest the match was fixed, but he said in this case he thought it meant the players were in a "class above" the others and that he didn't pay much attention to it.

He said the former tennis pro would have had someone in Pattaya watching the match, who would have given him the information.

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