Tennis is currently in the midst of a match fixing ‘crisis’ according to a new report.
The Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis was set up in February 2016 following allegations made by the BBC and Buzzfeed “that leading players, including Grand Slam winners, were involved in suspected match-fixing and that evidence had been suppressed”.
The report published by the panel, claimed tennis faces a “serious integrity problem” at the lower levels of the game caused by poor wages and the rise of online betting.
One betting operator said “The situation in tennis is grimmer than grim” and the panel’s report also found “evidence of some issues” at Grand Slams and tour events – although there was no top-level players implicated.
There was no evidence of a cover-up by the Tennis Integrity Unit or the International Tennis Federation and the Association of Tennis Professionals.
Some actions taken by the ITF and ATP were seen to be “inappropriate ineffective”.
One of the report’s recommendations to curb the issue of match-fixing was stopping the sale of live scoring data at low-level events to betting firms, eliminating betting sponsorship and disclosing appearance fees.
A joint statement by the ATP, ITF, Women’s Tennis Association and Grand Slam Board statement said they “agreed in principle” with the proposals.