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ATP to See Records of Online Gambling Firm

October 13, 2003|From Associated Press

The ATP Tour recently got permission from an online gambling company to see its clients' records, part of an effort to make sure tennis players aren't involved in fixing matches.

"It's another step in our proactive efforts to watch things," ATP Tour Vice President David Higdon said Saturday by telephone.

"We've been concerned about the possibility of anything of this sort for years, and it's something we've been vigilant about for several years."

The Sunday Telegraph reported on the agreement with the online gambling company Betfair.

The British newspaper also said, without citing a source, that the ATP warned a player about not trying after heavy betting on a match he lost in straight sets.

Higdon said he doesn't know whether particular players are under suspicion.

A player guilty of match-fixing would face a $100,000 fine, loss of prize money and a three-year suspension, he said.

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