The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has said that unsactioned tennis events aren't a subject to their anti-corruption rules but players and officials featuring those events will have to stick to the rules. The tennis season has been suspended for nearly two months now and this week a few exhibition events taking place in the United States and Germany have kicked off.
Going forward, the plan is to host more exhibition events, as well as domestic competitions staged by tennis federations in their respective countries. "The TIU is aware of the emergence of new tennis events and exhibitions in certain countries during the current lockdown of the professional game," the TIU said in a statement released.
"To date, these events have been privately organised and not sanctioned or recognised by the international governing bodies of tennis. As such they are not subject to the sport’s anti-corruption rules (TACP - Tennis Anti-Corruption Program).
But professional players, officials and support staff who participate in them and who are registered with the ATP, WTA and ITF will continue to be Covered Persons. This means they will still be subject to anti-corruption rules.
The TIU has issued guidance to players in this respect." The TIU also strongly underlined that everyone should do its part in preventing any type of foul play. "It is vital that as these new events begin to appear they regard integrity as a non-negotiable central priority to reduce any risk of match-fixing and betting-related corruption," the TIU added.