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Tennis moves to combat gambling- 8 Jan 2008 00:00:00

All the major governing bodies in tennis have joined forces to launch an independent analysis of the sport’s regulations and procedures in light of recent speculation regarding match-fixing and illegal betting.

The four Grand Slams, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour have all agreed to support the analysis procedure. Led by Jeffrey Rees and Ben Gunn, leading sports integrity experts, the analysis is the latest stage in the Joint Tennis Integrity Programme’s work to ensure that professional tennis remains a clean sport.

The analysis follows, and will complement, work already underway to create a common set of integrity rules, procedures and sanctions across the professional tennis industry and is intended to ensure those common regulations are practically and effectively implemented before the establishment of a tennis-wide integrity unit.

The comprehensive review will be conducted over the course of January and February, and will encompass an identification of the threats to the integrity of professional tennis; a review of the current systems in place designed to ensure the sport’s integrity; and advice on how best to practically implement the new common rules and procedures.

The review will also analyse the structures, strategies and resources necessary to combat current and foreseeable threats to the integrity of the sport, and produce a final report including recommendations on steps to be taken by tennis’s governing bodies to create an effective, industry-wide integrity unit.

The review will include extensive interviews with key internal and external stakeholders, including consultations with betting exchanges and bookmakers. It will also ensure an analysis of best practice across the world of sport.  The final report will be presented to leaders of tennis’s governing bodies within the coming months.

Integral in the risk analysis and subsequent creation of integrity units for the International Cricket Council and the British Horseracing Authority, Rees and Gunn, have a combined 75 years of law enforcement and investigative experience.

The review comes following a number of high profile media stories regarding revelations of match-fixing and illegal betting on both the women's and men's professional tours.

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