Days after the end of the Wimbledon tournament, the International Agency for Tennis Integrity (ITIA) received reports of match-fixing in the British Grand Slam, one in the singles tournament and the other in doubles, according to the newspaper German Die Welt.
“Two alerts were provided to us during the tournament, indicating possible irregular betting patterns. We cannot comment on the details while they are being investigated,” an ITIA spokesperson said.
According to the vehicle, the first complaint involves the departure of a German tennis player who disputed the singles key. The suspicion was raised after bets emerged in the five-figure place on the score of the third set of the confrontation and on how many games of service each of the tennis players would win.
The second game investigated is a match in the first round of the doubles bracket, in which a bet was made, also in the five-digit place, so that the favorites would lose the match. Both bets were successful.
Despite the evidence, ITIA stressed that the allegations are not evidence that there is any kind of irregularity. “It is important to note that an alert by itself is not evidence of manipulation of results. When we receive an alert for a game that suggests corrupt activity, ITIA conducts a full and confidential investigation.”
Regarding the investigations, the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC), the club that hosts and organizes the most traditional Grand Slam on the circuit, declared that the “integrity of the sport is of utmost importance for Wimbledon”, and that will continue to "invest in additional measures to support the integrity operation in place during the tournament."
Established in January of this year as an organization regulated by the main governing bodies of tennis (ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board), the ITFA works as a completely independent institution, aiming to watch over and preserve the integrity of the sport around the world.