Anti-corruption tennis body Tennis Integrity Unit (TUI) has introduced a new smartphone app to its ranks in an attempt to tackle match-fixing with education.
The TIU was set up in 2008 to detect corruption in the sport following an investigation into 28 players suspected of fixing. Seven years later, the scale of match-fixing in tennis was thrown into the spotlight on the first day of the Australian Open in 2016 by an investigation from the BBC and Buzzfeed that heaped evidence of foul play against 16 players.
At the time Nigel Willerton, who leads the TIU, acknowledged that authorities had drawn a line under the evidence uncovered in the 2008 probe, and that tennis authorities took no action against the suspected fixers.
Since the publication of the match-fixing expose in January last year, TIU’s full-time staff has doubled. However, the scale of the problem has led to new measures by the body intended to prevent further fixer attempts through better education.
“We will be appointing a dedicated training and education manager in early 2017,” a TIU spokesman told the Telegraph.
“A new smartphone app has also been introduced which provides direct access to the TIU online player education program in six languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.”
Tennis corruption made headlines again this week when Australian Open junior champion Oliver Anderson was charged with "engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome" by Victoria Police.
In December police in Spain arrested 34 people, including six tennis players, in connection with 17 alleged fixes in both Spain and Portugal.