The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced an extension of its partnership with Sportradar, as it seeks to strengthen its integrity protection measures.
As part of the fresh deal the sports betting solutions provider will use a fraud detection system, designed to monitor betting patterns across more than 50,000 ITF Pro Circuit tennis matches.
Carsten Koerl, Sportradar Founder and CEO, commented: “The ITF is taking the significant step of putting the highest level of integrity protection in place.
“I am proud that our long-term partner has done this by building on the measures already implemented around tour structure, tournaments, and umpires.
“This step, when aggregated with all the ITF’s other initiatives, should offer reassurance to players, fans and other stakeholders in tennis.”
The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), who are primarily responsible for investigating breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program, are also now able to utilise Sportradar’s intelligence and investigations capabilities, under the terms of the fresh agreement.
It is hoped that the service provided by Sportradar will make a significant addition to the ITF anti-corruption measures currently in place at Pro Circuit events.
The ITF states that current measures in place at Pro Circuit level includes “accredited areas, monitoring, training and mentoring of tournament and match officials, and increased video streaming of matches”.
David Haggerty ITF President, said: “We are pleased to be further developing our relationship with Sportradar in order to enhance our integrity protection measures.
“Combating match-fixing and other forms of corruption in tennis is crucial in ensuring the long-term health of the game.
“These new developments build on our long-term partnership with Sportradar to develop and provide ITF Pro Circuit data and content for fans worldwide.
“Sportradar brings added expertise and capabilities to existing anti-corruption measures, and shares our commitment and passion for protecting the integrity of the game.”