Wimbledon tie in fixing probe after alert, says TIU

Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia shakes hands with Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland after their first round Women's Singles match on Day Two of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug 30, 2016.
Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia shakes hands with Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland after their first round Women's Singles match on Day Two of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug 30, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON • The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) revealed yesterday they are investigating whether a match at this year's Wimbledon was fixed.

It is believed that the match in question was between two relatively unknown players.

The TIU has said that they received an alert regarding one match played at the grass-court Grand Slam in London.

Its alerts come from regulators and betting organisations, who can report if they notice suspicious betting patterns during matches.

The TIU said it received 96 alerts from July to September, of which two came in Grand Slams, the first at Wimbledon and the second at the US Open.

A TIU statement said: "Historically, Grand Slams receive very few match alerts and in keeping with that record, only two were received during the period; one at Wimbledon, the other at the US Open.

"Both are the subject of routine, confidential investigation by the TIU."

The US Open match under investigation had already been disclosed, with the TIU having announced in September it was looking at the first-round women's singles match between Vitalia Diatchenko and Timea Bacsinszky.

It has not given details of the Wimbledon match that is under scrutiny.

The TIU's guidance states: "It is important to appreciate that an alert on its own is not evidence of match-fixing."

Other factors which could also give rise to unusual gambling patterns or unexpected activity are player fitness, fatigue and form.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2016, with the headline 'Wimbledon tie in fixing probe after alert, says TIU'. Print Edition | Subscribe