The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) will be conducting investigations into matches at this year’s Wimbledon and French Open Championships for potential match-fixing according to a report published by BBC Sport.
According to the report, three matches at Wimbledon (two in the qualifying stages and one in the main draw) and one match in the French Open raised suspicions due to irregular and unusual betting patterns.
In addition to this, the TIU has stated that they have received 53 ‘alerts’ between April and June 2017. An alert on its own is not sufficient as categorical evidence of match-fixing because a number of other factors can come into play including players’ fitness and court conditions. Of these 53 alerts, however, three were on the ATP Tour and one on the WTA Tour. A significant number were on the lower level men’s ATP Challenger, ITF Future and ITF Women’s circuits.
The number of alerts received this year is actually down on the same period from 2016, however, it will be a concern that suspicions are being raised around such high profile tournaments such as Wimbledon and the French Open.