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ITIA Investigating Two Wimbledon Matches for Betting Irregularities

Acting on alerts from the betting industry, the International Tennis Integrity Agency is investigating a pair of Wimbledon matches over betting irregularities.

"Two alerts (were) provided to us during the Championships from the betting industry indicating possible irregular betting patterns," an ITIA spokesperson told Reuters. "We are not able to comment on the detail of these while they are being looked into."

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The ITIA pointed out a report of suspicious betting activity is not evidence of match fixing or corruption at Wimbledon.

"It is important to note that an alert on its own is not evidence of match fixing," the ITIA said. "Where analysis of a match alert does suggest corrupt activity, the ITIA conducts a full and confidential investigation." 

In its quarterly report released last week, the ITIA said between April and June 2021, it received a total of 11 match alerts through its confidential Memoranda of Understanding with the regulated betting industry. Nine of those 11 alerts concerned matches at the Challenger level; two alerts were filed on matches from ATP 250-level tournaments.

No alerts were received at the 2021 French Open though there is an ongoing investigation into potential corruption from the 2020 Roland Garros.

Four players were sanctioned for corruption in the second quarter of 2021:

Barbora Palcatova of Slovakia was banned for three years (with 15 months suspended) and fined $5,000 (with $3,500 suspended).

Franco Feitt of Argentina was hit with a lifetime ban and fined $25,000.

Roman Khassanov of Kazakhstan was banned for 10 years and fined $100,000 (with $75,000 suspended).

Carlos Andrés Sepúlveda Navarro was banned for three years and fined $10,000 (with $8,000 suspended).

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