Tennis Integrity Unit investigates match from Wimbledon 2016

WimbledonThe Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has confirmed that it is investigating a match from Wimbledon this year in relation to suspicious betting patterns.

The anti-corruption unit, established in September 2008 to enforce a zero-tolerance policy towards gambling-related corruption in tennis worldwide, has not revealed which match is under investigation, but it is believed to have involved relatively obscure players.

The TIU has said that it received 96 alerts from July to September, including the Wimbledon alert and one from a US Open first-round match featuring Vitalia Diatchenko and Timea Bacsinszky.

Betting alerts, which regulators and betting organisations report to the tennis authorities when their suspicions are aroused, have been rare at Grand Slam tournaments, where big prize money is at stake.

A spokesperson from the TIU said: “Both are the subject of routine, confidential investigation. It is important to appreciate that an alert on its own is not evidence of match-fixing.”

The TIU received 48 alerts to suspicious betting and match-fixing during the first quarter of 2016, a figure which was up by 31 from the previous year, and included one case from the Australian Open. 46 of them were from lower ranking tournaments at Futures or Challenger level.

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