|Authorities at a Belgian tennis event last week threw out three men suspected of gambling on matches from the stands using their laptops.|
The two Russians and one German were attending the Proximus Diamond Games women’s tennis event outside Antwerp and were allegedly using the delay in the time it took for results to be posted on a gambling website in order to profit.
'Three spectators were removed,” said Katia Stroobants, Spokeswoman for the Women’s Tennis Association.
“The two Russians and one German were holding a laptop, logged on to a gambling website and were gambling on ongoing matches.
'The WTA takes a zero tolerance approach to this issue. The men were asked to leave or hand over their laptops and they decided to leave with their computers. Unfortunately, we do not have any other power to further investigate.'
Tennis was hounded by controversies related to online betting and match-fixing last year following the investigation into world number four Nikolay Davydenko’s defeat to lowly Martin Vassallo Arguello and the subsequent suspension of three Italian players for betting on other matches.