Just three days after Roger Federer clinched a record eighth Wimbledon Title and his 19th Grand Slam, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) released a statement on Wednesday which says that matches at the recently concluded Wimbledon and French Open have triggered potential match fixing alerts in the second quarter of the year.
The statement revealed that one match at the Roland Garros along with three matches at SW19 (one in the main draw and two in the qualifying event), which have sparked concerns, will be assessed and reviewed.
These alerts were raised owing to unusual betting patterns, which cannot be considered as evidence in themselves and also because of numerous other factors like player fitness and conditions.
During the period between April and June 2017, a total of 31281 professional matches were played.
The TIU confirmed in its statement that it received 53 alerts in the second quarter of 2017. 40 out of the 53 alerts were relating to matches played at the lower level men’s ATP Challenger and ITF Futures events. Three alerts were for matches at the men’s ATP Tour, one for women’s WTA Tour and five alerts for women’s ITF circuit.
The cumulative match alerts received for six months in 2017 were 83 in comparison to the figure of 121 for the same period in 2016.