Tennis authorities initiate review of anti-corruption programmes

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Tennis authorities have responded to allegations of widespread match-fixing by appointing an Independent Review Panel to examine the sport's anti-corruption programmes.

In a press conference called at the Australian Open on Wednesday, it was also announced that the review will be headed by London-based attorney Adam Lewis.

The panel will analyse the effectiveness of the Tennis Integrity Unit, which was criticised in the BBC and Buzzfeed's match-fixing investigation last week.

The investigation claimed 16 players were repeatedly flagged up to tennis authorities as suspicious but no further action was taken.

Governing bodies said they expected the panel to review the TIU's transparency, funding, structure and education programmes.

They also committed to making the outcomes of the panel publicly available and pledged to implement and fund all the recommendations put forward.

Lewis QC, a leading expert in sports law at the London Bar, will be assisted on the panel by two additional members who are yet to be selected.

A statement read: "Tennis remains one of the leaders in integrity. We have a zero-tolerance approach to all aspects of corruption and all of us are absolutely committed to rooting out corruption whatever it takes.

"The environment for all major sports, including tennis, has changed dramatically over the past eight years and combined with issues raised in the media, we believe now is the right time to review how we continue to fight corruption in the game."

The announcement was signed by all four chairmen of the grand slams, as well as ATP chairman Chris Kermode, WTA chairman Steve Simon, ITF president David Haggerty and TIU chairman Philip Brook.

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