COMMONS

Tennis match fixing investigated by Committee

22 February 2016

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee holds a one-off oral evidence session on Match Fixing in Tennis - the practice of betting on a match to a partially or completely pre-determined result, violating the rules of the game and often breaking the law. The session follows on from the Committee's inquiries into football governance and blood doping in athletics.

Witnesses

Wednesday 24 February 2016, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

  • Mr Nigel Willerton, Director of Integrity, Tennis Integrity Board (TIU)

At 3.00pm

  • Mr Chris Kermode, Chairman, ATP
  • Mr Mark Young, Vice President and Chief Legal and Media Officer, ATP

Inquiry background and focus of the session

In January 2016, the BBC and BuzzFeed News published a report titled "The Tennis Racket", alleging that sport's governing bodies have been warned repeatedly about a core group of 16 players – all of whom rank in the top 50 – but none has faced any sanctions and more than half of them played at the Australian Open held in January 2016.

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) have also been criticised as having been told by Betfair and other bookmakers of the threat of gambling corruption in tennis over a period of several years before the situation was brought to light at the Orange Prokom tournament in Sopot, Poland.

The Committee will explore how the governing bodies of tennis address match-fixing, and any weaknesses in the governance of the game, nationally and internationally.

Further information

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