Two Wimbledon matches in 2021 are being investigated after bookies alerted the International Tennis Integrity Agency to “possible irregular betting patterns” (ITIA).
The investigation is around a first-round singles play and a first-round men’s doubles match, according to German daily Die Welt, which sparked suspicion after a number of wagers were placed. No British players are engaged, according to the Times.
A five-figure sum was put on the precise result of the match at the end of the second set, according to the German tabloid, with special wagers placed on the number of service games in the encounter.
Both bets, which were put at odd intervals, paid off, with the German player’s opponent raising suspicion.
High bets were also picked up by operators in a first-round men’s doubles match, with the team winning the first set before losing the subsequent sets.
ITIA remains silent
For ‘operational considerations,’ the ITIA, which protects the sport from corruption, has remained silent on the topic.
The ITIA received 11 match notifications through its private Memorandums of Understanding with the regulated betting business between April and June 2021. The French Open Grand Slam, on the other hand, received no alerts.
“Every alert reported to the ITIA is recorded, assessed and followed up as an indicator that something inappropriate may have happened,” the organisation said in its second-quarter 2021 report. “It is important to note that an alert on its own is not evidence of match-fixing.
“Unusual betting patterns can occur for many reasons other than match fixing – for example incorrect odds-setting; well-informed betting; player fitness, fatigue or form; playing conditions and personal circumstances.”