Over the last year, the integrity of professional tennis has been questioned after allegations were laid down upon events from the 2015 season. Last year, 100 matches were conducted throughout the year and it looks like a large number of them have been targeted for illegal betting.
The European Sport Security Association announced on Thursday that 73 matches had been flagged for “suspicious” betting. The report states that events, 24 of which were played in the final quarter of 2015, have garnered suspicion relating to fixed outcomes.
“The start of 2016 has seen a worldwide focus on alleged match-fixing in tennis. The data contained in ESSA’s Q1-3 reports has been used to highlight those concerns. 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.”
These allegations stem from a report released by BBC and Buzzfeed News revealing evidence of potential match fixing. 16 competitors, including some Grand Slam winners, were identified in the report and flagged multiple times for allegedly fixing matches.
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