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Match fixing

Media playback is not supported on this device Sports correspondent Joe Wilson explains report into tennis integrity A "tsunami" of match-fixing is plaguing lower-level tennis events, according to an investigator in a long-awaited report into corruption in the sport.

The report also shows no evidence of top-level players being implicated.

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It also surveyed more than 3, professionals. Of those surveyed, said they had first-hand knowledge of match-fixing.

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It found a "very significant" corruption problem at "lower and middle levels of the sport" which Lewis described as a "fertile breeding ground for breaches of integrity". The report also shows "evidence of some issues" at higher levels, such as Grand Slams and Tour events, but the evidence does not reveal a "widespread problem" in elite professional tennis.

Asked if tennis fans could believe what they are seeing at major tournaments this summer, Lewis replied: Report authors were told of a "match-fixing 'season'" from October until the end of the year with "traces of up to two or three fixed matches per day" in International Tennis Federation ITF tournaments investigations at Grand Slams were "insufficient", while the ATP, the organisational body of men's professional tennis, was guilty of "failing Match fixing exhaust potential leads before ending investigations" the sale Match fixing official live scoring data, at least at ITF and Pro Circuit levels, should be discontinued because it has increased the problem adopting a realistic approach to how Match fixing players can be considered professional.

The report also proposes an end to betting sponsorship in tennis, especially tournaments. It draws on statements from more than key stakeholders in professional tennis, including from governing bodies, tournament organisers and betting operators. But report author Lewis maintained that suspicious matches were more suited to lower levels of tennis where a blend of factors came together to create "a fertile breeding ground".

Chief among them include the number of players struggling to make a living, few people watching the matches in person and the ITF's decision to sell official live scoring data inmaking betting on lower-ranked matches far easier to achieve. The report added that since the data deal, 60, matches were available to the betting market inup from 40, in As well as recommending that the sale of scoring data should discontinue "at least at ITF and Pro Circuit levels", the report also said tennis should stop tournaments being sponsored by betting firms and governing bodies should introduce measures to deal with the "intolerable levels of online abuse, often from disappointed bettors".

Is the TIU fit for purpose? Although the TIU has been cleared of any cover-up of match-fixing, Lewis said its staff were made up of former law-enforcement offers and included no tennis or betting experts.

And while the number of staff had increased from six to 17, he said there were "too few staff to combat the problem".

The report also contained numerous examples of how the TIU - which is funded by the sport's major stakeholders - should reform, be more accountable and improve its independence, including a move away from its current home at Roehampton, the same west London site where the ITF resides.

Other reforms could include: Tennis bodies agree to recommendations The governing bodies of professional tennis - the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board - released a joint statement in response to the report, agreeing with its findings and confirming an "agreement in principle" to implement all the recommendations.

They said they "recognise" the "vulnerabilities" in the sport, particularly at lower levels, and are "committed to seizing the opportunity to address these concerns through firm and decisive action".

The statement also welcomes the IRP's finding that the panel has "seen no evidence of any institutional corruption" or a cover-up by tennis authorities and the TIU. But it does not directly address the report's judgement the ATP "failed to exhaust potential leads before ending investigations".

Each body will conduct "detailed exploration and analysis" before responding to the 12 recommendations prior to publication of the final report. Analysis BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller The panel found no evidence of a cover up, or corruption at the top level, but describes a system ill-equipped to deal with the substantial threat at lower levels.

The TIU, according to the report, is "overly conservative" and should make greater use of betting data to bring about convictions. Many defence lawyers may argue this type of evidence is purely circumstantial. The panel says the problem of betting on lower level matches would be much reduced if the live scoring data sold by the ITF in in lucrative deal in was severely restricted.

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Sportradar, the data company with whom the ITF is in partnership, has already warned this appears unrealistic, potentially unlawful and will not prevent betting on these matches.

So there will be much debate before the final report is published, and the governing bodies carry out their promise to implement the findings in full. There is also a call for national governments to introduce stricter criminal liability for sporting corruption, and a suggestion that appearance fees are capped and publicised in the interests of greater transparency.

That will not go down well with those at the elite levels of the sport.Sep 03,  · Match fixing is a term used when the outcome of a match in organized sports has been manipulated, violating the rules of the game and often the law.

The reason for fixing a match . Jul 11,  · Once again, the Spanish player David Marrero was involved in a doubles match at a major that attracted suspicious betting patterns.

Match-fixing has been explicitly outlawed by every previous version of the rules enforced by the game’s governing bodies. Moreover, since the new code took effect, tennis authorities have been warned that at least nine of the players who escaped further investigation have continued to play in suspicious matches.

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