The TIU Launches Wimbledon Match Fixing Investigation
by Glenn Baird - July 24, 2017
The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) revealed last week that they will be investigating 3 matches at this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, after concerns were raised over possible match fixing.
Two qualifiers and one main draw match have raised suspicion after unusual betting patterns were detected.
This year’s tournament saw an unusually high number of matches conceded through retirements resulting from injuries. Despite rumours and discussions surrounding those 10 matches the TIU have confirmed that they are not treating any of them with suspicion and that the alerts raised are entirely unconnected.
Along with the three alerts received from this year’s Wimbledon tournament the TIU were alerted to suspicious betting patterns linked to one match at the French Open.
Whilst the alerts will be treated with the utmost importance it was pointed out in the Guardian that the alerts do not guarantee that anything untoward has been going on, with the TIU confident that the alerts are of “low concern.”
Corruption within tennis is normally not found at grand slam level, with most of the alerts coming from lower level tournaments. An example came earlier this month when the TIU suspended Australian player, Isaac Frost, ranked 1498 in the world, after the player was accused of enabling match fixing on a match at the Challenger Tournament in Australia.
In relation to the alerts made to the TIU former British number one, Tim Henman told the Sun:
“I’m on the board at Wimbledon and I know with the TIU how much has been invested.
“No stone is going to be left unturned to make sure we get to the bottom of match-fixing.
“If someone is found out, then it’s important that players are banned and that their bans are significant – whether it’s life or four years.
“People need to understand that if it does go on they’re going to get caught and be punished. That’s important.”
Despite the concern the number of alerts received by the TIU is down from 121 to 83 from the same time period in 2016.