In today’s Wall Street Journal, journalist Hannah Karp details the action of an individual sports bettor and potential opportunities for match fixing in women’s professional tennis. If you recall from a couple of years ago, Betfair found some irregular betting patterns in a men’s tennis match, which prompted the tennis body to launch an investigation.
Tennis is a very popular betting sport throughout the world. This article details Mr. Avilov actions, a concern amongst the tennis’ governing bodies, coaches, and executives regarding match fixing, and how easy it is for bettors to access these lower profile players.
In addition, the International Journal of Sport Finance had a special issue regarding sport finance and gambling (August 2008). Within the special issue, David Forrest, Ian McHale, and Kevin McAuley present some interesting research on this topic (as well as making specific mention to potential issues within professional tennis).