Lindahl, 27, once a rising star of Australian tennis, allegedly told police “that’s what tennis players do” when asked why he had “tanked” the match, Sydney’s Burwood local court heard on Monday.
The court was told that Lindahl, through a third party, offered to lose a match at the Toowoomba Futures Six Tournament in September 2013 if his opponent was willing to pay him money to do so. The court heard the opponent, Andrew Corbett, refused the offer, believing he could beat Lindahl in his own right.
Corbett then flagged the offer with tennis authorities, who began an investigation and contacted Victoria Police.
Police prosecutor Kate Young told the court that Lindahl then informed two friends he would tank the match, allowing them to place bets on the outcome.
The court heard that betting agency Sportsbet became suspicious of betting activity around the match, and suspended betting.