Hours earlier than the French Open attract Could, 84th-ranked Nicolás Kicker grew to become the highest-ranked participant (at time of conviction) to be discovered responsible of a match-fixing offense by the Tennis Integrity Unit, and he was faraway from the event. A month later, Kicker’s penalty was introduced as a $25,000 positive and six-year ban, with three of the years suspended on a probationary foundation.
When the draw was made for Wimbledon this 12 months and betting was opened on the match, Sousa and Mayer began out as 17/10 underdogs, implying a 37 % likelihood of successful. The percentages drifted of their favor, slowly at first after which shortly. In a 45-minute stretch shortly earlier than the match started, last-minute wagers pouring in moved Sousa and Mayer from roughly 7/9 to 4/9, or from a 56.5 % likelihood of successful to 69 %.
Because the late cash had appeared assured they’d, Sousa and Mayer received the match, 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-1.
As a result of unforced errors are a typical a part of any tennis match, reviewing video of the match is usually inconclusive. Marrero did serve for the primary arrange 6-5, however a collection of unforced errors by him and Verdasco put the match again on serve. Within the ensuing tiebreak, Verdasco hit consecutive double faults.
Marrero saved a match level with a dive volley within the third-set tiebreak, however the pair misplaced the fourth set shortly, in 27 minutes.
Wimbledon directed inquiries concerning the match to the Tennis Integrity Unit. Mark Harrison, spokesman for the group, mentioned that “as an operational matter the TIU is not going to be making any remark,” retaining consistent with the group’s refusal to verify or touch upon any particular match or individual probably beneath investigation.
“We do publish match alert statistics periodically, however they’re anonymized by way of the gamers and matches concerned,” Harrison mentioned.