Former Australian tennis player Nick Lindahl to admit role in match-fixing scheme

Former Australian tennis professional Nick Lindahl has been accused of match-fixing. Photo/Getty.
Former Australian tennis professional Nick Lindahl has been accused of match-fixing. Photo/Getty.

A former Australian professional tennis player is reportedly set to admit having shared inside information as part of an alleged match fixing scheme in Queensland in 2013.

Fairfax Media report that Nick Lukas Lindahl, 27, appeared before Burwood Local Court today, accused of offering to throw a match to enable a former player and friends to win thousands of dollars.

Lindahl was arrested by the New South Wales Organised Crime Squad at his western Sydney home, in February last year but has been out on bail.

His court appearance comes in the wake of allegations last week of widespread match fixing that have rocked the sport.

Police allege Lindahl offered to throw a game at the Toowoomba Futures Six tournament on September 11, 2013.

According to Fairfax Media, Sergeant Kate Young told the court: "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."

Lindahl is expected to plead guilty to using corrupt conduct/information to bet on an event but will fight accusations he asked an associate to dispose of computer data and a mobile phone app that contained information about bets.

Sergeant Young informed the court that Australian betting agency Sportingbet became suspicious and suspended betting after a large number of bets were placed on what was a minor tennis match between Lindahl and junior player Andrew Corbitt.

Young added that by utilising a third party, Lindahl offered to "tank the match" if Corbitt paid him.

The offer was not accepted and the game went ahead.

The hearing continues.

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