London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Jeff Rees, 66, is retiring from the Tennis Integrity Unit as its Director of Integrity at the end of the year.
He has been working to eradicate corruption in tennis since he run the the unit at the time of its establishment four years ago.
Rees also co-authored the first in-depth review of tennis, entitled The Environmental Review of Integrity in Professional Tennis, which warned against the threat posed to the sport’s reputation by the huge and ever-increasing sums of money bet on tennis.
His work has already led to two players being banned for life and others being fined or suspended.
Austria’s Daniel Köllerer, a former world No 55, and Serbia’s David Savic, who reached No 363, were both banned for attempting to fix matches.
A former Metropolitan Police detective, Rees has made players acutely aware of the risks they run by getting involved in match-fixing or even just by failing to alert the authorities to suspicious approaches.
With its cooperation with gambling companies, the TIU is now alerted when suspicious betting patterns are noticed in matches.
Rees will be replaced by another former Metropolitan Police officer, Nigel Willerton, who has been working as an investigator with the unit for the last two and a half years.
Willerton, 52, will be aiming to build on the progress made by Rees.