Cor­rup­tion fight stepped up

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By Si­mon Briggs TEN­NIS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

An en­hanced ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme and a smart­phone app are at the heart of the Ten­nis In­tegrity Unit’s lat­est ef­forts to con­trol match-fix­ing.

Ten­nis cor­rup­tion re­turned to the news agenda this week when 18-yearold Oliver An­der­son – the reign­ing ju­nior cham­pion at the Aus­tralian Open – was charged by Vic­to­ria Po­lice with dis­tort­ing “a bet­ting out­come”.

Since the es­tab­lish­ment of the TIU in 2008, its full-time staff – dou­bled over the past year to 10 – has been dom­i­nated by ex-po­lice­men work­ing as in­ves­ti­ga­tors. But the scale of the prob­lem has led to new mea­sures in­tended to cut off the sup­ply of po­ten­tial fix­ers at source.

“We will be ap­point­ing a ded­i­cated train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion man­ager,” said a TIU spokesman. “A smart­phone app has been in­tro­duced which pro­vides di­rect ac­cess to the TIU on­line player ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme in six lan­guages: English, Ital­ian, French, Span­ish, Rus­sian and Chi­nese.”

The num­ber of “sus­pi­cious bet­ting alerts” flagged by book­mak­ers con­tin­ues to rise as gangs seek to take ad­van­tage of mi­nus­cule prize pots at the game’s low­est lev­els. An­der­son’s al­leged fix re­lated to the loss of a set at the Trar­al­gon Chal­lenger in Oc­to­ber.

About one match in 500 prompts fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with most op­er­at­ing in far-flung places on the Fu­tures and Chal­lenger tours.

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