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Tennis Association Tries to Prevent Future Match-Fixing

3 December 2003

LONDON, United Kingdom – As reported by the Agence France Presse: "Tennis authorities were reported Tuesday to be set to draw up plans to prevent insider dealing in information, following a scandal over alleged match-fixing and betting which hit the sport six weeks ago.

"Mark Miles, chief executive of the Association of Tennis Professionals which runs the men's game, admits it would be practically impossible to ban betting. But the ATP wants to try to build what it calls a `firewall' between the sport and the betting industry. They want to lay down new rules affecting everyone with an accreditation - guests, media, medics and even VIPs to prevent anyone walking into the players lounge, seeing someone throwing up or struggling with an injury and passing on the information.

"The information is believed to be behind huge surges of betting on obscure first-round matches, and the ATP believes one or two people accredited as journalists may have caused them by passing on the knowledge.

"…Speculation about match-fixing has been rife since Britain's Sunday Telegraph revealed that bookmakers discovered some matches were attracting far greater betting turnover than expected…"

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