Tennis accounts for 54% of ESSA’s Q1 suspicious betting alerts

Tennis accounts for 54% of ESSA’s Q1 suspicious betting alerts

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Posted by Luke Massey
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The news comes hot on the heels of last week’s IRP’s Report

ESSA has reported 27 cases of suspicious betting in tennis, just a week after the sport was rocked by the findings of a two-year study into match fixing and corruption.

The figures were released as part of a Q1 2018 report, during which time the integrity body received a total of 50 alerts for suspicious betting activity across nine sports.

Tennis accounted for more than half of these alerts with 27, while there were 11 cases related to football, four for table tennis, two in badminton and volleyball, and one each for basketball, beach volleyball, ice hockey and esports.

Last week, the Integrity Review Panel (IRP) concluded that “corruption has taken root at the heart of tennis, particularly at the lower levels of the game”, after a survey on more than 3,200 players found that 464 of them “had first-hand knowledge of match fixing”.

ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali commented: “The publication of the interim report into integrity issues in tennis has understandably focused attention on that sport.

“Tennis makes up over half of our alerts in the first quarter of 2018, but it is important to highlight that it is one of nine sports on which alerts were reported. Therefore, ESSA has continued the expansion of its information sharing partnerships throughout the first quarter.

“This has seen important agreements concluded with the Rugby Football Union, International Cricket Council, State of Victoria Police, Portuguese gambling regulator and UEFA. In addition, ESSA’s betting integrity officer was seconded to the IOC to help monitor the Winter Olympic Games.

“This proved to be a resounding success and will hopefully pave the way for similar stakeholder engagement and integrity partnership working with other sports during their high-profile events.”

Totally Gaming says: Last week, the IRP recommended drastic measures to curb corruption in tennis, including a reduction in the live scoring data supplied to bookmakers, for which Sportradar holds a $70 million five-year agreement. Supporters of such reform will point to this ESSA report for backing, yet the number of tennis alerts has actually gone down from 71 in Q4 2017.

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