Brit arrested wearing gambling device at Aussie Open

Daniel Dobson, 22, walks away from court in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Reuters

A British man has appeared in court in Melbourne accused of illegal courtside gambling activity at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Daniel Dobson, 22, was arrested on court two at Melbourne Park and discovered to have a device in his shorts which would enable him to transmit the results of points before they were officially distributed around the world, the court heard.

The system, designed to be quicker than the delay on television broadcasts, would be advantageous in in-play betting markets.

Dobson's lawyer said he was simply collecting data for the betting agency.

The Briton has been charged with engaging in conduct that would corrupt a betting outcome.

Prosecutors told the court that police were investigating two other British men in relation to the same offence.