The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that Sherazad Reix, a 33-year-old French tennis player, has been banned from the sport for four years after being found guilty of six breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) rules.
The case was ruled on by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Amani Khalifa. Reix did not contest the charges. In addition to the ban Reix, who had a career-high WTA ranking of 204, was fined $30,000.
The sanction means that from 30 January 2023 until 29 January 2027, Reix is prohibited from playing in, coaching at or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis.
The case related to ongoing law enforcement investigations in conjunction with the ITIA 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 to editors:
The player was found guilty of the following clauses of the 2018 TACP:
Two breaches of 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.
Two breaches of D.1.d: No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.
One breach of D.1.f: No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept any money, benefit or Consideration with the intention of negatively influencing a Player's best efforts in any Event.
One breach of 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 [Now ITIA] as soon as possible.
The full decision can be accessed by clicking here.
Published 08 February 2023 16:30
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