Have just finished a transcript from a radio show talking about match fixing in tennis which was most interesting and informative. I think most people have heard of match fixing in football and cricket, but not so much in tennis. It did make me wonder how you could possibly fix a tennis match. Well, this was explained in detail where “gamblers” will rope in one of the players and pay them a certain amount to win a set but eventually lose the match, or alternatively, win/lose the match in a certain number of games. They then bet on whichever criteria they have come up with and make thousands/millions from it and they pay the player a certain amount of money, with the amount depending upon the criteria that they have worked out previously. This is mostly carried out with players that are lower ranked, although there are allegations of top 100 ranking players also taking part. The TIU, (Tennis Integrity Unit) will investigate some of these occurrences of match fixing. However, it is alleged that they have been known to “ignore” some of the higher ranked players as it would affect the “clean image” of tennis which is probably why most people have never even heard of match fixing in tennis. It is also alleged that match fixing is prolific both in the men’s and women’s game and is currently ongoing in some of the top tournaments, including Wimbledon.
The full discussion was aired on BBC Radio 4 on 16th March at 8pm.