In its annual report published recently, the Tennis Integrity Unit has revealed that it received 241 match alerts in 2017, 51 fewer than in 2016 (292). Of these, seven came in the Grand Slams, nine in the ATP Tour and three from the WTA Tour.
If, in 2016 nine people, including players and officials, were banned, in 2017 no officials were involved. 'There is no doubt that most players and officials conduct themselves in an exemplary fashion, but the small minority who choose to break the rules are a continuing concern,' TIU director Nigel Willerton said.
The goal is to have as much transparency as possible. TIU's committment is ever-increasing: its staff is now made up of 17 people, who are committed to educate younger players against risks of corruption. Also, in 2018 there will be a $3.7 million budget, which is almost more than the double than 2017 ($2.4 million).
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