Six tennis players arrested over the weekend are being investigated for fixing matches in both Spain and Portugal.
Match-fixing is an unfortunate reality in sports. It occurs from time to time, but the athletes involved aren’t always caught. That’s not the case here, as six tennis players arrested over the weekend are officially being investigated for fixing games in lower-tier tournaments in both Spain and Portugal.
The Associated Press claims the athletes were involved in a fixing network that made over $500,000 in both futures and challengers bets. The Spanish gambling news did not reveal the names of the players involved, but reports claim they are ranked somewhere between 800 and 1,200 in the world. If found guilty, the tennis players arrested could face up to four years in prison.
Khalid Ali, the secretary general of betting integrity group ESSA, told media in a statement that there is “concern at the continuing integrity issues within the sport,” and ESSA “welcomed the more proactive approach to combating match-fixing being displayed by the sport’s governing authorities”.
Where can Spanish gamblers bet on tennis?
There are a number of great online sportsbooks in Spain that offer a wide range of tennis betting lines. One of the best is Bet365, which offers tennis odds on a wide range of both international and domestic matches.
A few of the upcoming matches you can bet on include the 2016 Australian Open, the 2016 French Open, and the 2017 Wimbledon.
It remains to be seen whether the tennis players arrested will have any impact on the future of online tennis gambling in Spain. For now, fans of sports wagering here can still wager on all the major tennis matches with Bet365. Tell us what you think of this news by leaving a comment below!