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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a corrupt approach?

A corrupt approach is a request to share inside information or to fix an aspect of a match or tournament. This may be incentivised by an offer of money, financial assistance to cover expenses or other benefits relating to a tennis tournament.

What should I do if I receive a corrupt approach?

You must report it to the ITIA as soon as possible. If you have received a message to your social media or phone do not respond to it and take a screenshot to send to the ITIA. You must not delete the message as it is important to not destroy any evidence or other information related to any corruption offence. Failing to report a corrupt approach is an offence under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).

What is inside information?

Inside information is any information not available to the public that could be used for betting purposes. Sharing inside information in return for any benefit is an offence under the TACP.

Are my team covered by the rules?

All players and 'covered persons' under the TACP have the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the rules. Covered persons include: coaches, medical staff, agents, family members, business associates and any other person who receives accreditation at an event at your request.

Am I allowed to bet on matches or tournaments that I am not playing in?

You are not allowed to bet on tennis, at anytime, anywhere in the world, regardless of whether or not you are involved in the event.

Does deliberately losing certain points or games but not the whole match still count as match fixing?

Agreeing to fix any aspect of a match or tournament counts as match fixing. Fixing certain points is known as spot fixing and is an offence under the TACP.

I have heard rumours from others on the tour that another player may be involved in match fixing. What should I do?

You must report your suspicion to the ITIA as soon as possible. Any information of this nature should be reported to the ITIA even if you feel that you don't have evidence to prove it. Failing to report corrupt activity to the ITIA is an offence under the TACP rules.

My ranking is not high enough to allow me entry into the qualifying or main draw of a tournament. Can I buy a wild card from the tournament organisers?

Under no circumstances can you buy a wild card to enter a tournament. This is an offence under the TACP, and against the rules of the ITF, ATP, WTA and Grand Slams.

My opponent has offered to lose in return for a share of my prize money. What should I do?

Any attempt to fix the outcome of a match is a corruption offence. It must be reported to the ITIA as soon as possible.

My doubles partner and I are due to play a match. Before the match my partner tells me that they have been asked to lose their first service game. Am I at risk even if I don’t agree to fix this with them?

This might be a difficult situation for you but you must protect yourself and report this to the ITIA as soon as possible. Doing nothing in this scenario would be an offence as you must report any knowledge of corrupt activity. Reporting early is very important in this scenario and every effort should be made to do so before the match begins.

As an official, am I covered by the TACP rules?

All officials have the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the TACP rules. The full and summarised versions of the TACP rules can be found on the ITIA app and website.

Am I allowed to bet on matches or tournaments that I am not involved in?

Officials are not allowed to bet on tennis, at anytime, anywhere in the world, regardless of whether or not you are involved in the event.

What should I do if I suspect another official is betting on tennis matches or involved in corrupt activity?

You must report any knowledge or suspicion of corruption to the ITIA as soon as possible. All reports to the ITIA are processed securely by trained investigators and investigations are kept confidential.

What do I need to know about courtsiders?

Courtsiders are individuals operating in view of the court while matches are in progress, illegally transmitting match data usually for betting purposes. It is the responsibility of the tournament to deal with courtsiders, not the supervisor or chair umpire.

Can I have my phone and smart watch on-court if they are both switched off?

Officials must not take any personal devices capable of transmitting data with them on-court.

How should I deal with a corrupt approach?

You must report it to the ITIA as soon as possible. If you have received a message on your social media or phone do not respond to it and take a screenshot to send to the ITIA. You must not delete the message as It is important to not destroy any evidence or other information related to any corruption offence. Failing to report a corrupt approach is an offence under the TACP.

What should I do if a player tells me about an offer to fix a match?

It is important that when a player reports something to you that you make a note of this including as much detail as possible and the time and date of your conversation with them. You and the player are then both required to report this matter to the ITIA and you should reinforce this to the player.

Should I contact the ITIA if I notice a player appears to be fixing a match?

If you suspect that a player is fixing any aspect of a match you must report this to the ITIA as soon as possible and provide evidence where possible to support your suspicions.

A player tells me they have suspicions about someone match fixing but is not confident enough in the information to put it in writing, what should I do?

Any information of this nature should be reported to the ITIA even if the player feels they don't have evidence to prove it. It is important to remind the player of their obligation to report such knowledge or suspicion to the ITIA as soon as possible and assure them the investigation process will remain confidential.

Why do I need to report corrupt activity to the ITIA?

We all have a duty to keep corruption out of our sport and under the TACP all players and covered persons are required to report any knowledge or suspicion of corrupt activity.

How can I contact the ITIA to report corrupt activity?

To report corrupt activity or if you have any questions relating to this please contact the ITIA using the contact page of our website or app, alternatively you can email us at confidential@itia.tennis .

What information should I include in a report to the ITIA?

When reporting anything to the ITIA you should include as much factual information as possible. Any dates, times, locations, names, individual's appearances or behaviours as well as details or screenshots of any conversations that you are able to provide are all very important to our investigators when they process your report.

Will I get a reply?

The ITIA respond to all reports and enquiries as soon as possible and you may be asked to provide further information.

What are the consequences if I fail to report or choose to ignore a corrupt approach?

For anyone covered by the TACP rules, failing to report corrupt activity to the ITIA is an offence and could result in a ban from tennis events and a fine.

What if I feel that my report is an emergency?

If you fear for your own or someone else’s safety you should report the matter yourself to the police in the country you are in or travelling to. Remember to advise the ITIA if you have reported or intend to report the matter to the police.

Is the International Tennis Integrity Agency different to the TIU?

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) is a new, independent body responsible for safeguarding the integrity of professional tennis which subsumed the Tennis Integrity Unit on 1 January 2021. Its establishment was a key recommendation made by the 2018 Independent Review Panel which was set up by the governing bodies of tennis to review all aspects of the sport’s anti-corruption protocols, structures and resources.

I have a dispute with a betting operator, will the ITIAbe able to resolve this?

Betting related disputes should be resolved directly with the operator.

What is a betting alert?

A betting alert is a notification from a betting operator to the ITIA that unusual betting patterns are occuring during a certain tennis match. Unusual betting activity can be an indicator of corrupt activity or match fixing.

What is a provisional suspension?

A provsional suspension temporarily prohibits a covered person from participation or involement in any professional Tennis Event prior to the final decision on the offense which with they haved been charged under the TACP.

What is a Covered Person?

A Covered Person is someone who is subject to the rules of the TACP, due to their role within professional Tennis. This includes players, coaches, officials, agents and tournament staff.

If Law Enforcement are investigating players, will the ITIAalso take action and when?

The ITIA works closely and alongside Law Enforcement during any criminal investigations into match fixing in our sport. The ITIA may take action against players during or following completion of a criminal investigation when permitted to do so by law.

Can I be sponsored by or receive any benefits from a company that offers betting on tennis?

You cannot be sponsored by, promote or receive any benefits from a company that offers betting on tennis.

Am I still covered by the TACP rules if I retire from professional tennis?

You will continue to be covered by the rules of the TACP until two years after the last Covered Event which you entered or participated in, unless you notify the appropriate Governing Body in writing that you have retired from professional tennis. If you become a coach or are associated with a tournement you may once again be covered by the TACP rules.

I have completed the Tennis Integrity Protection Programme (TIPP) before, do I have to complete it again?

Once you have completed TIPP your certificate will be valid for two years. You will receive a reminder one month before your expiry date to complete TIPP again.

I was approached years ago and agreed to fix one of my matches. The fixers still contact me and want me to fix matches. What should I do as I fear they will hurt me or my family if I stop?

If you fear for your own or someone else’s safety you should report the matter yourself to the police in the country you are in or travelling to. Remember to advise the ITIA if you have reported or intend to report the matter to the police and the ITIA will be able to help you with approrpriate actions to take

The supervisor has said I cannot use my phone around the court. Why?

You should not use a mobile phone or a device capable of transmitting data in view of the court to minimise any risks or raise any suspicions of livescore data being shared with 3rd parties for betting purposes.

The tournament staff have said that I can obtain a Wildcard only if I stay at the offical tournament accommodation and pay for the facilities. Is this allowed?

No. You may only receive a wildcard if it has been awarded by the tournament organisers/National Association based on merit and is not linked in any way to either party receiving a benefit in returm

I am playing in Singles/Doubles and know that I have commitments at another tournament (Have got further than expected). Is it ok to lose the match and let my partner know about the situation?

This might be a difficult situation for you but you must always compete with best efforts. Intentionally losing any aspect of a match would be considered match fixing and is against the TACP rules.

Can I be sponsored by or receive any benefits from a company that offers betting on tennis if I am playing in an event not sanctioned by a recognised tennis governing body

Even if you are competing in an event not sanctioned by a recognised tennis governing body you are still covered by the TACP rules and must not be sponsored by or receive an benefits from a company that offers betting on tennis.

I don't coach high performance or professional players, is it still necessary for me to be aware of the TACP rules?

As a coach, even if you don't currently work with players covered by the TACP, it is still important for you to be aware of the rules as you may become a Covered Person in the future and you have an important role in instilling the right values in players as they develop.

Is it my responsibility to make sure my player/s are aware of the TACP rules?

All players and 'covered persons' under the TACP have the responsibility to be aware of and comply with the rules. Coaches play a key role in helping to raise awareness and educate players about the rules

Can I be sponsored by or receive any benefits from a company that offers betting on tennis?

As a covered person you cannot be sponsored by, promote or receive any benefits from a company that offers betting on tennis

I am a former tour-level player, do the TACP rules still apply to me now I am a coach?

You will continue to be covered by the TACP rules until two years after the last Covered Event which you entered or participated in, unless you notify the appropriate Governing Body in writing that you have retired from professional tennis. As a coach, the TACP rules will apply to you if you receive an accreditation to a covered event or become registered member as part of the ATP/WTA coach programmes

I have been asked by the tournament organisers to complete the Tennis Integrity Protection Programme, do I have to complete it?

If a tournament organiser has asked you to complete TIPP then it is important that you do so prior to working at the Event. Many tournaments choose to mandate the completion of TIPP by staff members in player facing roles, in order to help protect their Event and staff from betting related corruption.

As a member of tournament staff, are the TACP rules significantly different for me?

The TACP rules are largely applicable in the same way to all covered persons involved in professional tennis including tournament staff.

Whilst onsite at a tournament I am asked by a member of the public for information about the next match I am officiating in. Am I allowed to provide any information to them?

No, this could be considered inside information which is information that is not available to the public that could be used for betting purposes. Sharing inside information in return for any benefit is an offence under the TACP.

What is the non-credentials list?

The non-credentials list refers to a database maintained by the ITIA of people who are under a suspension, a provisional suspension or for various other integrity-related reasons the International Governing Bodies may not grant them accreditation to tennis events.

The non-credentials list policy can be found here.

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