Tennis dominates suspicious betting alerts

The European Sport Security Association (ESSA) has published a report which found that tennis accounted for nearly three quarters of all the suspicious betting alerts issued last year.

The ESSA, which was established by regulated bookmakers to monitor suspicious betting patterns and prevent match fixing in sport, said 73 of the 100 events that raised concern involved tennis.

“The start of 2016 has seen a worldwide focus on alleged match-fixing in tennis,” wrote the organizations’ chairman Mike O’Kane.

“The data in our Q4 integrity report reflects previous quarters and, whilst tennis constituted the largest proportion of suspicious betting alerts identified by ESSA members, it should be noted that the vast majority of tennis events are fair,” he added.

Last month, tennis governing bodies set up an independent review panel after media reports first surfaced suggesting match fixing in tennis may be a more widespread problem than previously thought.

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) was also accused of not adequately investigating a number of players who had been repeatedly flagged over suspicions they had thrown matches over the last 10 years.

The review panel’s investigation is still in progress, with their findings only expected to be released towards the end of the year.