On the Internet, everyone knows you're throwing a match:

An Internet bookmaking firm has contacted tennis authorities about unusual betting patterns after hefty sums were bet on a first round match at

Wimbledon won by Britain's Richard Bloomfield.

The alert was raised by the online betting exchange Betfair after up to 340,000 pounds ($619,300) were traded on world number 89, Argentina's Carlos Berlocq, to lose just hours before he went down 6-1 6-2 6-2 to Bloomfield, ranked 259, in Tuesday's match.

It's actually surprising that this sort of thing doesn't happen more often, as these sites allow more and more betting on more and more obscure things. If Roger Federer had lost in the first round with a lot of money on him, that's one thing, but when #259 in the world pulls and upset, there's usually less riding on it.

AuthorMark McClusky