Wimbledon 2021: 2 matches under scanner following suspicious betting activity
The 2021 Wimbledon Championships ended this Sunday, with Novak Djokovic successfully defending his title while Ashleigh Barty won the women's title. However, a couple of matches from the edition have come under the scanner following weird betting models.
The euphoria of the Wimbledon 2021 Championships has just come to an end. Last weekend, Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Serbia's Novak Djokovic won the respective women's and men's titles, respectively.
However, according to Die Welt, a couple of matches of the tournament is under the scanner for possible match-fixing after an abnormal betting model came to the attention. While the exact details regarding the same are awaited, betting companies have alleged "possible manipulations" in a singles and doubles game.
In the opening round of a men's doubles, it was alleged that the high favourites threw their match away. As per the live betting pattern, a high level of odds of them losing was noticed, while the duo lost the remaining two sets after winning the opening set.
In another first-round singles match, it was noted that a five-digit bid was placed on the result of the second set in the closing stages. Also, some special bets were placed on the number of service games during the batch. While interestingly, all of them were won.
In the meantime, the International Tennis Integrity Agency is looking to launch an investigation into the same. While the agency denied commenting upon being questioned by the publisher, it did possess corresponding information on the matches.
Also, the ITIA had received 11 match alerts between April and June this year via Memoranda of Understanding with the betting industries. While nine of them took place under the International Tennis Federation circuit, a couple belonged to the ATP 250 circuit.
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