Members of the British Parliament 24 February questioned a handful of tennis leaders in the wake of recent match-fixing allegations.
Tennis Integrity Unit Director Nigel Willerton was one of them. He told lawmakers that roughly 120,000 professional matches were played in 2015, with 246 of them flagged as suspicious.
“Last year we had a total of 246 alerts, which is a very small percentage on the number of matches,” Willerton said. “So, it’s far too many as far as tennis is concerned and that’s why we do have an integrity unit and we are obviously concerned and that’s why we’ve gone for an independent review to look at policies and procedures that we have in place and whether that is sufficient or we do need to change. So, yes, tennis is worried about the number of alerts that we have and what is going on and that’s why it’s announced the independent review.”
The total of 246 is up from 91 in 2014 and 26 in 2013.
Tennis leaders also were taken to task regarding information they received four years ago about a suspected gambling ring in the sport and the inaction taken afterward.