Wimbledon given blacklist of tennis betting suspects

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 08:30 hrs

Ahead of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), an anti-corruption unit, has handed a blacklist of 'undesirables' suspected of betting in tennis to the tournament's authorities.

According to The Telegraph, Wimbledon authorities are expected to ban anybody named on the list from restricted areas, including the players' changing rooms, practice courts and even restaurants.

The ban comes amid growing concerns over spot betting and match fixing in tennis.

Last week, Austria's Daniel Koellerer became the first tennis player to be banned for life after being convicted of match fixing.

The former 55th-ranked player was found guilty of three violations of the sport's anti-corruption rules, including "contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event".

The violations occurred between October 2009 and July 2010.

The TIU has been set up on behalf of the International Tennis Federation and the ATP and the WTA Tours. (ANI)