Tue, Aug 22, 8:59am by Staff Writer
The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) are investigating Alexandr Dolgopolov’s loss to Thiago Monteiro at the Winston-Salem Open after suspicious betting patterns led to some bookmakers suspending their markets.
Brazilian Monteiro – who is ranked 114 in the world – beat Ukrainian world number 63 Dolgopolov 6-3 6-3 in the ATP Tour match on Monday Australian Time. The odds shifted dramatically in favour of Monteiro, in the hours leading up to the match.
Former top-20 player Dolgopolov, was the favourite for the hard-court match, but several bookmakers stopped taking bets on the match, after an increase in money was placed on Monteiro, which saw the odds reversed.
The pair first met on clay back in July, at the Swiss Open, when Monteiro took down his opponent in three gruelling sets, but on this occasion, Dolgopolov failed to create a single break-point chance on the Brazilian’s serve as he was beaten in the first-round clash in just 55 minutes.
It is unusual for the TIU to comment directly on a match so soon after it has been played, but given that the odds shifted so dramatically, they did so in a statement, which read “”The TIU was made aware of concerns over betting patterns during the match.”
“As with all match alerts, the TIU will assess, make a judgement and take appropriate action on the information received through its co-operative agreements with betting operators.”
The Tennis Investigation Unit (TIU) received 292 filings for suspicious betting activity in 2016, eight of which were for Grand Slam, ATP, and WTA tournaments.
The unit were forced to investigate 246 such notifications in 2015. The upward trend was a concern, so in a bid to keep the sport’s integrity, the anti-corruption body promised to invest more into monitoring any suspicious activity.
In 2016, an independent review panel was set up following an investigation by the BBC and BuzzFeed News that uncovered suspected illegal betting in tennis. The panel now release a quarterly report which lists the number of match alerts they receive from betting companies.
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