Wimbledon : A Scent of Scandal
Wimbledon ended on Jul 11th with Novak Djokovic winning his 20th Grand Slam title, matching the records of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. So who is going to break the tie and move to 21? Quite an incentive for a set of alluring odds to be given to those who open a betting account with the best betting service in order to follow the events of the ATP tournaments.
However, there is a piece of news that toppled Nole’s victory. According to the famous and very serious German newspaper “Die Welt”, there’s a shadow of scandal over a first round match in the men’s singles played by a German player.
While the names of those involved are not mentioned, the article refers to extremely suspicious bets for the match in question. Large sums of money were staked on the precise score of the third set and the exact number of service games of the entire match. These incidents sounded the alarm for an ITIA (International Tennis Integrity Agency) investigation of the subject.
There were seven German players in the tournament: Yannick Hanfmann, Oscar Otte, Philip Kohlschreiber, Dominik Koepfer, Daniel Masur, the world’s number 5 Alexander Zverev and Jan-Lennard Struff. Only Zverev, Otte and Koepfer qualified for the next round. However, they are all under the microscope.
A doubles match on the radar as well
While the men’s singles match is quite serious as it involves two players of the top 20 of the ATP rankings it is not the only case that caught the attention of the regulating bodies. There is also a men's doubles game that showed signs of irregularity. An unusual amount of high staked bets was played live when a certain duo won the first set of the encounter in question. This raised the odds for their defeat, which indeed occurred as they lost the next three sets in a row. It is precisely the timing and the amounts of the bets that have rung the alarm bells.
ITIA has received a total of 34 cases of suspicious activities from January till June this year. As per the rules, there will be fines and bans for the professionals that their involvement in them will be proven true. Here at ACC-EX, we monitor things closely and we will keep you informed about the outcome of the investigations, as soon as their results are officially announced.