Tennis Integrity Unit flags 4 matches at Wimbledon, French Open

LONDON: Three matches at this year's Wimbledon and one at the French Open will be investigated by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for potential match-fixing.

The watchdog group did not specify which matches at Wimbledon had aroused concerns, but said that two took place during qualifying rounds, the earliest phase of the tournament, and that the third was during the main part of the competition.

The news was released in TIU’s quarterly briefing report, which mentioned a total of 53 alerts received for the period April to June 2017.

Three of those were on the ATP Tour and one on the WTA Tour. There were 20 each on the lower-level men's ATP Challenger and ITF Futures circuits and five on the ITF women's circuit.

The report cautions that “an alert on its own is not evidence of match-fixing”, but may prompt further inquiry.

There have been 83 alerts in the first six months of 2017, down 38 on the same period in 2016.

Excerpts from the TIU briefing note: 

"Consistent with previous reports, the majority of alerts (40 out of 53) were received for matches played on the lower level men’s ATP Challenger and ITF Futures circuits. Roland Garros (1) and Wimbledon (3: 2 in the qualifying event and 1 in the main draw) accounted for the four Grand Slam alerts. These will be assessed and reviewed in keeping with the TIU match alert policy below.

"During the April to June period, 31,281 professional matches were played, with the 53 alerts featuring on just 0.169% of those matches.

"The cumulative six month match alert figure for 2017 is now 83, substantially fewer than the 121 received for the same period in 2016."

TIU strengthens Education and Intelligence teams with Perry and Patel appointments 

"Matthew Perry and Anjni Patel have been recruited to add expertise and additional resource to the TIU’s Education and Intelligence functions. Perry joins the unit as Education and Training Manager, bringing with him experience gained from a background in teaching and elite sports anti-doping education. He will be responsible for managing and extending the scope and reach of anti-corruption training and education across the sport, which includes a mandatory online training module which has been completed by over 30,000 players, officials and administrators. Anjni Patel is a former officer with the Metropolitan Police in London who takes on the role of Intelligence Executive, supporting the work of the unit’s intelligence gathering and data analysis cell."

Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer panel expanded

"Charles Hollander QC has been appointed to join the expert panel of Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing officers who preside over TIU disciplinary cases. Mr Hollander is a highly respected litigator with nearly 40 years’ experience of cases covering a wide range of sports. He was Called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1978 and became a full member of the Hong Kong Bar in 2015. He practises from Brick Court Chambers in London and Temple Chambers, Hong Kong."