Report: 73 matches flagged as ‘suspicious’ in 2015

1:05 | Tennis
ESSA flagged 73 Tennis matches in 2015 as having suspicious betting activity
Thursday February 18th, 2016

World tennis has been notified of 73 instances of match fixing suspicions in 2015, the European Sport Security Association (ESSA) announced Thursday.

According to the report, 73 of the 100 events in sports last year that garnered suspicion relating to fixed outcomes involved tennis, including 24 in the final quarter of 2015.

The news comes in the wake of a report released last month by the BBC and Buzzfeed News revealing evidence of potential match fixing in tennis.

The report showed that 16 competitors, including some Grand Slam winners and players who have held top 50 rankings, were flagged multiple times to the Tennis Integrity Unit over suspicions of match fixing. More than half of the 16 allegedly participated in the Australian Open last month.

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The report also revealed that tennis officials were first alerted of the allegations seven years ago, but no disciplinary efforts were made. Evidence for suspected match fixing rests in leaked documents and an independent analysis of match data in the report. 

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