After the Austrian Football Association, the Austrian Football League, the Austrian Skiing Association as well as Erste Bank Icehockey League and Admiral Basketball League (ABL), the Austrian Tennis Federation joined the Play Fair Code lately being the fifth sporting discipline and the first individual sporting discipline.
ATF President Werner Klausner said: "The manipulation of individual sports is growing. It is enormously important that we confront our young players with a forward strategy and sensitize, inform and protect them at this early stage. "
The Play Fair Code will carry out prevention and awareness trainings for the ATF with the under 16 age group and above as well as with the Daviscup and Fed Cup teams and the Austrian Tennis League. Furthermore, referees and officials will be trained and sensitized.
"Tennis is the world's most easily to manipulate sport," said Play Fair Code President Günter Kaltenbrunner. "With more than 200 suspected cases worldwide and numerous actually proven manipulations - see the recent arrests of 28 professional tennis players in Spain - tennis is unfortunately the negative leader. Tennis is enormously popular in Austria. It is therefore very positive when top sports associations such as the Austrian Tennis Federation recognize the need for active prevention. Our thanks go to the entire ATF Board and in particular to President Werner Klausner."
Davis Cup player Philipp Oswald was directly affected. "Money is often a brutal bait," said the Austrian tennis pro. "When I was 22, somebody called me in my hotel room before a challenger tournament and offered me $ 15,000 if I lost. I immediately hung up.” The ATF membership of the Play Fair Code is “a great thing, because learning and understanding about the threats and consequences makes it easier to say no to manipulation.”