E-Sports on Betting Watchdog’s Radar But Tennis Still Dominates

Irregular betting on tennis matches continue to dwarf concerns around any other sport, according to a report published on Tuesday by the European Sports Security Association (ESSA).

There were 41 cases of suspicious betting activity reported in the second quarter of 2016, and tennis accounted for 34 of them, followed by football with four and one each in snooker, handball and beach volleyball. It marks the sixth straight quarter where tennis has provided most instances of concern.

According to ESSA’s chairperson, Mike O’Kane, as part of a “desire to stamp out illicit activity” within tennis, the integrity watchdog has partnered with Sportradar to utilise its odds-monitoring system with a “specific focus” on the sport.

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