The Tennis Integrity Unit
Director of Integrity
The establishment of a permanent Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for world tennis was the major recommendation from the May 2008 independent review into the betting-related corruption challenges that faced professional tennis.
The Environmental Review of Integrity in Professional Tennis, produced by Ben Gunn and Jeff Rees, was the first in-depth, comprehensive review of its kind in tennis. It concluded that betting-related corruption had not taken a serious hold on the sport. However, the threat posed to the sport’s reputation by the huge and ever-increasing sums of money bet on tennis required swift action to protect the integrity of the sport for all stakeholders and fans around the word.
In September 2008 the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) was formed as a joint initiative of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the ATP, the WTA and the Grand Slam Board.
Under the leadership of Director of Integrity Nigel Willerton, a former senior detective with the Metropolitan Police in London, the Unit has a global brief to protect the sport from all forms of betting-related corrupt practices.
The TIU works on a confidential basis and makes no public comment on its work other than to confirm the outcome of an investigation that results in disciplinary action being taken.