The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that Baptiste Crepatte, a 28-year-old tennis player from France, has been banned from the sport for three years after multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) rules.
The case was ruled on by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Professor Richard McLaren, who upheld charges brought by the ITIA relating to Corruption Offenses under Sections D.1.b., D.1.d. and D.2.a.i. of the 2018 TACP.
It was determined by AHO McLaren that Crepatte had been involved in the fixing of three matches, with a total of seven breaches of the TACP – including contriving the outcome or any other aspect of two Events, directly or indirectly facilitating Tennis Betting, and failing to report corrupt approaches to the ITIA.
Crepatte, who contested the charges, will be prohibited from playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis until 19 April 2026. The player, who reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of 276 in August 2019, has also been fined $15,000.
This case is the latest in a series of investigations pursued by the ITIA in conjunction with law enforcement investigations in Belgium, which has seen a number of tennis players implicated in match-fixing incidents.
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.
Notes for editors
The specific sections of the TACP breached by Crepatte are referenced below:
D.1.b. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or
facilitate any other person to wager on the outcome or any other
aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition. For the
avoidance of doubt, to solicit or facilitate to wager shall include,
but not be limited to: display of live tennis betting odds on a
Covered Person website; writing articles for a tennis betting
publication or website; conducting personal appearances for a
tennis betting company or any other company or entity directly
affiliated with a tennis betting company; and appearing in
commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis.
D.1.d. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or
attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.
D.2.a.i. 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 as soon as possible.
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Published 05 May 2023 12:00