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18th Jan 2016

Tennis’ ATP tour responds to match-fixing claims

Tom Victor

In case you missed it, sh*t has hit the fan as far as tennis is concerned.

On the eve of the Australian Open, allegations of wide-ranging match-fixing emerged, supposedly involving a number of grand slam winners.

But the ATP and WTA tours – the main tours for men’s and women’s professional tennis – have denied talk of a cover-up.


A statement attributed to multiple governing bodies including the ATP and WTA tours reads:

  • The Tennis Integrity Unit and the tennis authorities absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason.
  • In its investigations the Tennis Integrity Unit has to find evidence as opposed to information, suspicion or hearsay.
  • A year‐long investigation into Sopot match in 2007 found insufficient evidence. As the BuzzFeed report states: ‘the investigators had hit a brick wall. It just wasn’t possible to determine who the guilty party was in relation to this match”.
  • All professional players, support staff and officials are subject to the Tennis Anti‐ Corruption Program
  • Tennis Integrity Unit‐instigated anti‐corruption investigations have resulted in 18 successful disciplinary cases include five players and one official who have been banned from the sport for life.