Corruption fight stepped up
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.