Perception the problem for tennis - Brook


Tennis Integrity Board chairman Philip Brook believes most of the sport's alleged corruption problems are down to perception after launching an independent review.

The sport's governing bodies announced on Wednesday they were launching a panel to review their anti-corruption program and the Tennis Integrity Unit.

It comes in the wake of an investigation by the BBC and BuzzFeed News into alleged match-fixing in tennis, a report that has threatened to overshadow the Australian Open.

Despite that, Brook - who is also the Wimbledon chairman - said the sport's issues were down to perception.

"I think most of the problem has been caused, I think, by events 10 days ago," he told a news conference.

"I'm repeating myself, but we have a lot of belief in the work of the Tennis Integrity Unit. You see the outcome of some of it. We have to repair the damage that's been done.

"But we also recognise that we can improve. Every organisation can improve. We must ask for an independent review to help us with looking from the outside at what we do and to see how and in what way the unit can be strengthened."

Brook said the media report had led to the review, admitting it had not been part of the plan beforehand.

"I don't believe it did reveal anything new. But I think the program was aired, it was very widely written about. It has changed the environment," he said.

"We are very determined to make sure that we demonstrate to all of you today and to everybody around the world that we take this matter very seriously and that the integrity of our sport is paramount."

The bodies have vowed to make the review public, will let it run as long as it needs to and will fund it in full.