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British Tennis educates players about corruption threats

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The Lawn Tennis Association has since 2012 provided British players with Anti-Corruption Training (in addition to that provided by the Tennis Integrity Unit), to educate and increase player awareness against the threat of match-fixing from within the sport.

“Integrity and fairness in any sport is a must,” said Great Britain women’s No.1 Johanna Konta. “As a representative of British Tennis I’m glad to say that our Anti-Corruption training has increased my awareness of corruption in sport, helping me understand the importance of us all striving towards making tennis an honest sport.”

Davis Cup stalwart and British No.4 James Ward said: “I put my heart and soul into my profession and any suggestion that brings our sport’s reputation into question is very damaging. British Tennis is making the right moves in educating GB players about the threat of corruption and we must all remain vigilant against it.”

Explaining the critical importance of the LTA’s Anti-Corruption training, Chief Executive Michael Downey said: “We care passionately about integrity in our sport. It is one of the cornerstone values in British Tennis and is why I’m pleased the tennis community is fighting hard against match fixing. The LTA supports players not just through funding and coaching but with all the different aspects of being an elite player. This includes our education programmes – of which the anti-corruption tutorial is a key part. Four years ago we decided to make this course mandatory for all players who have received direct LTA High Performance support funding or the tournament bonus scheme.”