Since the announcement of the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis on 27 January 2016, the Independent Review Panel (IRP) and the Secretariat to the IRP have conducted an extensive evidence gathering exercise in accordance with the Terms of Reference for the Independent Review.  The purpose of this work has been to establish the factual background upon which the IRP’s recommendations will be based.

This process has included:

  • Interviews with well over 100 individuals from across the sport, including current and former representatives from the Governing Bodies of International Tennis, players at different levels of the game, tournament organisers, officials and individuals from the TIU.
  • Interviews with over 50 entities from outside the sport, including betting operators, data supply companies, gambling regulators, law enforcement agencies and academics.
  • Reviewing documentary evidence provided by the Governing Bodies of International Tennis and the TIU.
  • Obtaining input from a gambling expert.
  • Appointing an expert to process data relating to the TIU’s caseload since 2009.
  • Preparing a survey to be submitted to players in early 2017.

The Panel intends to conclude the gathering of evidence in Q1 of 2017 and subsequently to produce its Interim Report containing provisional conclusions of fact and evaluation, and raising possible recommendations. Following the Interim Report, there will be a period of public consultation with all stakeholders and interested parties as to the possible recommendations. Having considered that feedback, the IRP shall produce its Final Report.

Any questions relating to the IRP’s work should continue to be addressed to Jonathan Ellis of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP at Tennis.IRP@crsblaw.com.