Tennis Australia creates integrity role

Tennis Australia has created a new executive position, head of integrity and compliance, to combat the increasing integrity issues in the sport.

Sports administrator Ann West has been appointed to the role after the Australian Open in January was rocked by allegations of widespread corruption in tennis.

West will be responsible for leading Tennis Australia’s integrity and compliance strategy which includes working closely with the independent review panel, a body that looks into the effectiveness and appropriateness of the current global tennis anti-corruption program.

A predecessor to the worldwide Tennis Integrity Unit, the TAACC was the first of its kind in tennis worldwide and professional sport in Australia.

“Ann will now head up a new team with an uncompromising focus around integrity and compliance as the reputation of our sport is being challenged in a difficult environment,” TA boss Craig Tiley said on Thursday.

TA came under fire in some circles during the 2016 Australian Open after it became the first grand slam to have a betting agency, William Hill, sponsor the event.

World No.1 player Novak Djokovic said it was a “borderline” move while Andy Murray described it as “hypocritical”.

Last month former Australian professional tennis player Nick Lindahl was given a 12-month good behaviour bond and a $1,000 fine after being found guilty of fixing a match and attempting to conceal the evidence back in 2013.

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