TIU: Lockdown events produced 24 suspicious betting alertsBy Jul 12, 2020
Going to the US Open? Proof of vaccination status now required after change in COVID-19 policiesBy Aug 27, 2021
A vaccinated Sofia Kenin to miss 2021 US Open due to positive COVID-19 testBy Aug 26, 2021
The Rally: if you wanna play a major, you must play by the local rulesJan 18, 2021
AO qualies—Kudla wins but is disqualified after positive COVID-19 testBy Jan 11, 2021
WTA Strasbourg, France
Full circle: Paul-Henri Mathieu returns to serve as Strasbourg ballboyBy Sep 24, 2020
UPDATE: Only 1,000 fans permitted to attend Roland Garros each dayBy Sep 24, 2020
ATP Hamburg, Germany
"I'm breaking": Paire retests COVID-19 positive, still plays HamburgBy Sep 23, 2020
French Open reduced to 5,000 fans on Chatrier; Moscow, Linz canceledBy Sep 18, 2020
After elbow & COVID-19 woes, Nishikori not "rushing to be 100 percent"By Sep 17, 2020
TIU: Lockdown events produced 24 suspicious betting alerts
The anti-corruption body said that given recent "reduced playing and earning opportunities and months of inactivity, the risks associated with betting-related corruption and doping violations" were higher.
Published Jul 12, 2020
While the tennis tours remain suspended, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) says it has received 24 alerts of suspicious betting during the previous two months. Suspicious betting usually prompts further investigation and can indicate fixing activity or inside betting, though not necessarily.
The alerts involved matches from various exhibitions taking place during the tour hiatus, though as is usual, the TIU did not, identify specific contests or events. These alerts were provided by betting companies that offered wagers on the matches, in accordance with their agreement with the TIU.
''Suspicious betting on tennis during the lockdown is seen as a firm indicator that corruptors remain active, and are likely to increase their focus on the sport when professional tennis resumes," said a statement from the TIU, which had previously warned about potential problems with 'unofficial' events, which are not subject to the TIU's supervision like tour events.
It reiterated that given recent "reduced playing and earning opportunities and months of inactivity, the risks associated with betting-related corruption and doping violations" were higher.
The TIU and anti-doping program have provided an education program for players during the suspension of competition to address this, it added, and a similar one will also be provided to officials.
For comparison, tennis produced 101 alerts during 2019—a 43 percent decline—according to the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).
The ATP and WTA's rules around players competing in exhibitions are suspended while there are no tour events. The TIU is jointly funded by the Grand Slams, ATP, WTA and ITF tours.