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Tennis Spectator Charged for Courtside Bets at Australian Open

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Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- A spectator at the Australian Open was arrested and charged with betting on the outcome of points from the side of the court at the tennis Grand Slam in Melbourne, police said.

The 22-year-old U.K. national, who wasn’t identified by name, was charged under “cheating at gambling” legislation introduced in the region last year, Victoria police said in a statement on their website.

The ATP men’s and WTA women’s tennis tours try to stop spectators betting on mobile phones or sending scoring data to others.

Information sent by the so-called “courtsiders” often arrives more quickly than a live feed via television or the Internet, allowing them to bet on points before bookmakers stop taking wagers.

The man was arrested at 5.30 p.m. yesterday, police said. He is scheduled to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court tomorrow, the statement added.

The two-week Australian Open started Jan. 13.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at aduff4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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