The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has confirmed that Argentinian tennis player Nicolás Arreche has been banned from the sport for four years after being found guilty of breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) rules. In addition to the ban, the player was fined $8,000.

Mr Arreche, who had a career high ATP singles ranking of 567 was found to have contrived or attempted to contrive the outcome of tennis matches and failing to report corrupt approaches to the ITIA. The incidents took place at matches between 2017 and 2019.

The case was ruled on by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Professor Richard H. McLaren, O.C, and the sanction means that the player is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by any international tennis governing body or national association for the length of his ban.

The ban runs from the date of the player’s provisional suspension which began on 24 April 2021 until 23 April 2025.

The breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program rules that Arreche was found guilty of were:

Section D.1.d of the 2018 and 2019 TACP: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome of any other aspect of any Event.”

Section D.2.a.i of the 2017 and 2018 TACP: “In the event any Player is approached by any person who offers or provides any type of money, benefit or Consideration to a Player to (i) influence the outcome or any other aspect of any Event, or (ii) provide Inside Information, it shall be the Player's obligation to report such incident to the TIU [Now ITIA] as soon as possible.”

The ITIA is an independent body established by the International Governing Bodies of Tennis to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.

Published 06 January 2022 16:00

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