A record number of tennis-related suspicious betting alerts were recorded in the second quarter of this year, despite sports authorities today confirming they are investigating irregular betting patterns in the grand slam tournament of Wimbledon.
The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) today announced in its quarterly update that only six tennis alerts have been reported in the three months leading up to June 30, the lowest number for the sport since the organization began producing regular reports in 2015.
The IBIA said it saw a significant drop in all areas during the quarter, with just 38 cases of suspicious betting reported to relevant authorities during the period. The Q2 2021 total represents a 41% decrease in reported alerts from the total of 64 in Q1 and represents a similar decrease from the Q2 2020 total, which recorded 65 alerts.
The Q2 alerts covered five sports, and included football (16 cases), table tennis (9), tennis (6), esport (6) and beach volleyball (1). Football-related alerts are up 33% from the first quarter of this year.
Geographically, Europe accounted for almost half (47%) of all reported alerts, followed by Asia and South America with 13% each.
IBIA chief executive Khalid Ali said: “The 38 second trimester cases added to the 64 first trimester cases bring the mid-year total to 102 alerts reported by the association. Football provided the highest number of alerts during this period with 28, followed by tennis (24) and eSports (23). These three sports account for almost 75% of all alerts reported in the first half of 2021.
“The growing number of IBIA members means that, as noted in the recently released Optimum Betting Market report, it now accounts for $ 137 billion in worldwide regulated betting revenue per year, making it the largest Customer-based integrity platform at the online marketplace.
In a separate development, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) said it was investigating two Wimbledon matches this month after bookmakers reported “” possible irregular betting patterns. “
“Two alerts (to us were) provided during the betting industry championships indicating possible irregular betting patterns,” said an ITIA spokesperson. “We are unable to comment on the details of these while they are being reviewed.”