Tennis Integrity Unit, an independent body that investigates corruption, has suspicions about three matches at Wimbledon based on unusual betting patterns.
The Tennis Integrity Unit released a statement today revealing that three SW19 matches and one clash at the French Open were under the microscope.
Of the three Wimbledon matches, two of them were in the qualifying tournament and one in the main draw. They will now be assessed and reviewed.
Alerts are raised in response to unusual betting patterns, which are not in themselves evidence of match-fixing and can be due to a number of other factors, including conditions and player fitness.
The TIU said 40 of 53 alerts received were for matches played on the lower level men’s ATP Challenger and ITF Futures circuits.
Three were on the men’s ATP Tour, one on the women’s WTA Tour and five on the ITF women’s circuit.
Though no names were printed, “because without access to phone, bank, or computer records it is not possible to prove a link between the players and the gamblers,” a concession that probably has a lot to do with the U.K.’s stricter libel laws.
The report cautions that an alert on its own is not evidence of match-fixing. Other factors could have caused the strange betting, such as “incorrect odds-setting; well-informed betting; player fitness, fatigue and form; playing conditions and personal circumstances.” But, the TIU says every alert is assessed as an indicator that something inappropriate may have happened and that it could lead to a full investigation.
Overall this year, the report notes, alerts are down. In thousands of professional matches played, there have been 83 alerts, compared to 121 for the same period in 2016.
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