An alleged match fixing has hit an ATP Tennis match which is under investigation.
This was announced hours after the said match ended and it is due to to a suspicious tennis betting pattern.
The game was played between 63rd ranked Alexander Dolgopolov and Thiago Monterio who is ranked 51 places below the former.
The Wiston Saleem Open first round clash ended with Thiago beating Alexander 6-3, 6-3.
Just before the game started, Monteiro who is ranked outside the first 100 had huge amount of money been bet on him, thus making him the favourite to win.
In a highly unusual trend the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced shortly after closure of the said game that they would be investigating the outcome of the match.
It must be noted that most bookmakers suspended betting on this match before the it started.
A TIU statement said: ‘The TIU was made aware of concerns over betting patterns during the match.
‘As with all match alerts, the TIU will assess, make a judgement and take appropriate action on the information received through its co-operative agreements with betting operators.’
Neither of the players involved in the match fixing scandal has been tagged with any of such suspensions before by the TIU and there is also no indication of any offence linking to the suspicion by any of the players.
The TIU has caught 32 players who have fallen foul to the match fixing rules since it’s inception in 2010.
The Association of Professional Tennis has also shown that the are confident in the work of the TIU and it’s creation has really helped the Association.