Former Hunter tennis ace pleads guilty to match-fixing

GUILTY: Former Lake Macquarie tennis star Nick Lindahl.LAKE Macquarie tennis star Nick Lindahl has pleaded guilty in a Sydney court to a corrupt betting chargein a scheme to fix a match in Queensland.

Lindahl, 27, appeared before Burwood Local Court on Monday accused of offering to “tank” a match so that a former player and friends would win thousands of dollars.

Lindahl was arrested by the NSW Organised Crime Squad at his home in Liberty Grove, in Sydney’s inner west, in February last year. He has been out on bail.

His appearance comes just days after allegations of widespread match fixing rocked the international tennis world on the eve of the Australian Open.

A BBC and BuzzFeed report claimed tennis authorities were repeatedly warned about a core group of 16 players,all of whom have been ranked in the top 50.

Police allege Lindahl offered to tank a match at the Toowoomba Futures Six tournamenton September 11, 2013.

“Mr Lindahl advised two other people … that he was going to tank the tennis match or lose the tennis match and, in providing that information to those people, they were able to place bets to advantage themselves,” Sergeant Kate Young toldthe court.

Lindahl has pleadedguilty to using corrupt conduct /information to bet on an event.

But the former top 200-ranked player and coach will fight accusations he encouraged an associateto dispose of computer data and a mobile phone app that contained information about bets that were placed.

SergeantYoung told the court that Sportingbet became suspicious and suspended betting when a large number of bets began to flood in on what was a relatively minor tennis match between Lindahl and junior player Andrew Corbitt.

She also argued that, through a third party,Lindahloffered to “tank the match” if Corbitt paid him.

The offer was not accepted and the game went ahead.

The magistrate Michelle Goodwin agreed to withdraw two charges of facilitating and engaging in conduct that corrupts the betting outcome of event.

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