TIU: So Far In 2016, Two Tour Matches Have Triggered A Match Fixing Alert

by Tom Gainey | April 22nd, 2016, 9:59 am

In its effort to become more transparent, the Tennis Integrity Unit released a quarterly report earlier today summarizing their “Match Alerts” data for the first three months of the season.

What they saw in 24,110 matches was that 48 or .2% triggered an “alert”, which is an “indicator that something inappropriate may have happened”.

At the tour levels (Grand Slams, ATP, WTA), the TIU found 2 matches, one at the Australian Open and another on the WTA.

The TIU did not see a single alert triggered on the ATP tour for the first three months.

The TIU reminded that an alert does not automatically indicate match fixing, but those matches are then investigated.

The data also confirms a pattern of reporting where the great majority of alerts originate from the lower levels of professional tennis; men’s ATP Challenger and ITF Futures and ITF Women’s events.

In 2015, a full-year total of 246 alerts were received and assessed by the TIU; for the corresponding January to March period in 2015, 31 alerts were received.

The 48 alerts are a combined aggregate of all alerts received from the betting industry and represent the most accurate and comprehensive data for the sport. In some cases, alerts are received from a number of operators on the same match. For the purposes of TIU assessment, follow up and reporting, these are treated as a single alert.

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2 Comments for TIU: So Far In 2016, Two Tour Matches Have Triggered A Match Fixing Alert

madmax Says:

This is all well and good, however, which were the matches that were ‘allegedly’ to have been fixed?

Without this information, there is no point in reporting on this.


MMT Says:

I agree – there is no point to this report. I welcome the information because it’s telling of the TIU’s mindset. After the investigation (assuming there is one) it could all be much ado about nothing.

But it does show that the BuzzFeed/BBC reports in January have put the TIU under pressure to appear to be doing it’s job, although I still have my doubts about the sincerity their efforts.

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