• Independent Review Panel to assess Tennis Intergrity Unit’s effectiveness
  • Review will be headed by London-based attorney with public findings
  • Decision was announced at press conference at Australian Open
  • It comes after an investigation found 16 players had been flagged for fixing 

Mike Dickson for MailOnline

An independent review of how tennis polices match-fixing is to be carried out by a London QC.

The sport’s governing bodies announced that Adam Lewis QC, a specialist in sports law, will lead a review of how the Tennis Integrity Unit operates and make recommendations.

There was a pledge by the tennis’s leaders to fund in full whatever is prescribed by Lewis and his two external advisers. 

Tennis fans arrive at the Australian Open where the press conference was held on Wednesday morning

Tennis fans arrive at the Australian Open where the press conference was held on Wednesday morning

The Independent Review Panel has been set up in response to claims Tennis is not doing enough to stop fixing

The Independent Review Panel has been set up in response to claims Tennis is not doing enough to stop fixing

The move is in response to the furore created by a BBC/Buzzfeed report which made largely historical allegations of matches being fixed in the latter part of the last decade.

The credibility of the investigation has been undermined since then, by the emergence of Lleyton Hewitt as a name on one of its lists, an idea that has no credibility within the game or among the gambling fraternity.

However, the sport’s authorities have decided to act to clear up misconceptions. Quite unusually for tennis, the response has generally been united and sure-footed. 

Chairman of the All England Club Philip Brook was among those who co-signed the announcement

Chairman of the All England Club Philip Brook was among those who co-signed the announcement

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