On 27 January 2016 the governing bodies of international tennis (the ATP, the WTA, the ITF and the Grand Slam Board) announced that an Independent Review Panel (IRP) would be appointed to undertake a review of integrity in the sport, in the light of media allegations in January 2016 of match fixing and in the light of the developments in internet gambling since the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP), the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) and the education programme called the Tennis Integrity Protection Programme (TIPP) came into operation on 1 January 2009.
The IRP is made up of Adam Lewis QC, Beth Wilkinson and Marc Henzelin. Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been appointed as the Solicitors and Secretariat to the IRP. Read more about the Panel and Secretariat.
The factual ambit of the issues to be considered by the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis covers, principally, the situation where a player has determined in advance to deliberately lose a match or part of it. It does not cover doping or other forms of cheating to win, or other possible conduct that could bring the sport into disrepute. The Terms of Reference and Protocols for the IRP can be found here. In investigating the effectiveness and appropriateness of existing rules, practices and procedures in relation to integrity in the sport, the IRP will review the operation of the TACP, TIU and TIPP. Further information can be found here.
The IRP will produce an Interim Report setting out its provisional findings on matters of fact and its preliminary conclusions on matters of evaluation, and identifying a number of possible recommendations aimed at further safeguarding integrity. The Interim Report will be made public for consultation with all interested parties, who will be invited to provide their feedback to the IRP. The consultee feedback will be considered by the IRP and a Final Report will then be produced. This report will be made public. The governing bodies of international tennis have committed to fund and implement the IRP’s recommendations made in the Final Report. Read more on the process here.
Any questions relating to the IRP’s work should be addressed to Jonathan Ellis of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP at Tennis.IRP@crsblaw.com.