30 Jan 2018
Zero match-fixing alerts during recent Australian Open
London, 30th January 2018
Online bookmaker Pinnacle has announced that by the conclusion of the most recent Australian Open, there were zero alerts regarding match-fixing.
This announcement marks the first time in years that a Grand Slam event has passed without a single match raising any suspicion on whether or not it would be played on a fair basis. Tennis betting markets are often suspended or removed due to match-fixing suspicion, the Hlavackova and Kubot vs. Arruabarrena and Marrero match from the 2016 Australian Open being one such example.
The fact that no alerts regarding potential match-fixing were raised during the Australian Open highlights the steps taken by people within tennis to reduce the number of fixed matches. The result is a testament to everyone involved who have worked hard to try and promote integrity in the sport.
Sam Gomersall, Pinnacle's Sports Integrity Manager said:
“Our aim is to combat match-fixing across all sports, with tennis being a specific point of focus in recent years. Thanks to the help of local police forces and many other similar organisations, we are now beginning to see some positive results.”
The recent shake-ups of how tennis is globally policed appear to have been highly successful, a trend that bookmakers like Pinnacle, their customers and tennis fans in general hope will continue throughout the years to come.
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