Wimbledon & French Open: Tennis Integrity Unit to review four matches

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 20, 2017

Alas, Wimbledon is now squarely in the eye of the Tennis Integrity Unit, an independent agency that looks into suspicious matches and roots out potential corruption in tennis.

The suspicious matches at Wimbledon are not believed to be related to the unusually high 10 mid-match retirements in this year's men's tournament.

The matches at Grand Slam level that prompted alerts are the biggest cause for concern, but as usual, unusual betting patterns are most rife in the lower levels of the game.

The TIU has received four of 53 alerts since April, with three coming on the men's ATP Tour and one on the women's WTA Tour. Alerts about matches in tennis's top tiers are rare; this is only the second time one has been announced about Wimbledon.

I think we know which match Daniil Medvedev thinks was fixed.

The TIU, formed in 2008 in the wake of a match that featured highly unusual wagering, told the Associated Press in January that nine players and officials were sanctioned last year for match-fixing, marking the most for a single year since the unit was established. An occurrence like unexpected weather conditions or an injury can create unusual betting patterns. So an alert is simply that-an alert.

Match-fixing is hardly a new issue for the tennis world at large. Since then, the sport has attempted to strengthen its integrity, doubling the TIU staff.

Through the first half of 2017, the number of match-fixing alerts has dropped substantially.

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