The Wimbledon Championships have been officially linked to suspicious betting patterns for the first time, after the Tennis Integrity Unit revealed that two grand-slam matches in the July-Sept window were red-flagged by bookmakers.
One of these “match alerts” took place at the US Open, and is known to have concerned Timea Bacsinszky’s 6-1, 6-1 win over Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round. The other was at Wimbledon.
The identities of the players in this second match remain unknown, although they are understood to be relatively minor names, and the investigation was described as “routine”.
Few betting alerts are carried all the way to prosecution, as can be seen from the 28 successful convictions generated by the TIU since 2010.