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Barlaham Zuluaga Gaviria
Suspended for three years
Henry Atseye
Three year suspenion, with one year suspended

End Date of Sanction
09/06/2021

Patricio Heras
Suspended
David Rocher
18 months suspension

End Date of Sanction
06/02/2022

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has confirmed that David Rocher, a French tennis line umpire has been banned from officiating for 18 months (with four months suspended), after breaching betting rules laid out in the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP).

Mr Rocher was charged with placing eleven bets on tennis between January and October 2019 and a further charge of not co-operating with the TIU investigation. He admitted the first charge and contested the second.

The case was ruled on by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Ian Mill QC, who found that Mr Rocher did not fully co-operate with the investigation and accordingly would be sanctioned for six months for the betting offences and 18 months (with four suspended) for failure to fully co-operate. The bans will run concurrently, meaning from the date of the ruling (6 December 2020) until 6 February 2022, Mr Rocher is prohibited from officiating in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis. In addition, he was fined $5000, with $4000 suspended.

The breaches of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme (TACP) that Mr Rocher has been found guilty of are:

D.1.a: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition”

F.2.b: “All Covered Persons must cooperate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. Even in the case where a Covered Person is represented by a legal counsel, the Covered Person is still personally responsible for ensuring that they cooperate fully with the investigation. The Covered Person shall be deemed not to have cooperated if the Covered Person’s legal counsel interferes with a TIU investigation.”

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA and established to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide. From 1 January 2021, the TIU will become a new, independent body - the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

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George Kennedy
Six Months Suspension

End Date of Sanction
01/04/2022

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has today confirmed that unranked British player George Kennedy has been banned from tennis for a total of seven months (three suspended) and fined after admitting to two gambling-related charges.

The disciplinary case was ruled on by Anti-Corruption Officer Jane Mulcahy, QC on 1 December 2020 and found that Mr Kennedy breached two sections of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) by placing bets on tennis matches from accounts in his own name and also on behalf of another individual. She ruled that he should be banned for six months (with three suspended) for one offence and seven months (with three suspended) for the second. The bans will run concurrently.

In addition, he was fined $10,000 with $9,000 suspended for the period of the ban.

The subsequent sanction means that from 1 December 2020, the player is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies for seven months (with three suspended).

The breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) that Mr Kennedy has been found guilty of are:

Section D.1.a:

“No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, wager, conspire to wager or attempt to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition.”

And Section D.1.b:

“No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit, facilitate, or conspire to solicit or facilitate any other person to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition.”

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA and established to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide. From 1 January 2021, the TIU will become a new, independent body - the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

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Issam Taweel
Five year suspension with two years suspended

End Date of Sanction
01/08/2022

Piotr Gadomski
Suspended

End Date of Sanction
09/09/2022

Polish tennis player Piotr Gadomski has received a disciplinary sanction after being found guilty of offenses under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.  

Mr Gadomski, 24, was found guilty of four Charges under Section D of the 2012 Program and has been suspended for a period of seven (7) years and fined US $15,000.00. 

 

Mustafa Hatem
Three Years Suspension

End Date of Sanction
08/10/2022

Egyptian tennis player Mostafa Hatem has been handed a three-year ban from the sport, following an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU). Mr Hatem admitted two breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) rules and in addition to the ban, a year of which is suspended, he has also been given a suspended fine of $3,000.

Mr Hatem’s case was ruled on by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy QC. Taking into account the player’s admission of guilt, she ruled the player is banned from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis until 8 October 2022.

Mr Hatem had a highest ATP ranking of 1556 and admitted to the following breaches of the TACP:

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.”

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

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA and established to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide. From 1 January 2021, the TIU will become part of the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).

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Armando Alfonso Belardi Gonzalez
Suspended for two years and six months

End Date of Sanction
17/12/2022

Venezuelan match official  has been suspended for two years and six months and fined $5,000 after being found guilty of committing breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).

Nikita Gudozhnikov
30 months suspension

End Date of Sanction
04/08/2023

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that unranked Russian player Nikita Gudozhnikov has been banned from the sport for 30 months, following his failure to co-operate with an ITIA investigation.

The case was ruled on by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Ian Mill QC and in addition to the ban, Mr Gudozhnikov has also been fined $7,500. The sanction means he is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis for a period of 30 months from yesterday’s decision (4 February 2021).

Failing to co-operate is a breach of section F.2.b. of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) rules, which state:

“All Covered Persons must cooperate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. After a Covered Person receives a TIU request for an initial interview or otherwise becomes aware of any TIU investigation involving the Covered Person, the Covered Person shall (i) preserve and not tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence (including any personal devices described in Section F.2.c.i.) or other information related to any Corruption Offense and (ii) not solicit, facilitate or advise any other person to fail to preserve, tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense.”

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

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Jonathan Kanar
Suspended for four years and six months

End Date of Sanction
10/01/2024

Nick Lindahl
Banned

End Date of Sanction
12/01/2024

Mr Lindahl, who reached a career high singles ranking of 187, has been banned from all professional tennis for seven years and fined US$35,000. He was found guilty of charges of contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event, and failing to co-operate with a TIU investigation.

Gerard Joseph Platero Rodriguez
Banned for four years with six months suspended

End Date of Sanction
29/03/2024

Unranked Spanish tennis player Gerard Joseph Platero Rodriguez has been suspended for four years and fined $15,000 after being convicted of courtsiding, betting and non-co-operation offences. Six months of the ban are suspended on condition that no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) are committed.

A Tennis Integrity Unit investigation established that Mr Rodriguez had acted as a courtsider at an ITF M15 tournament held in Pittsburgh, USA in July 2019. Courtsiding is a prohibited practice which involves transmission of live scoring data from a match to a third party for betting purposes. He is the first tennis player to be charged with and convicted of the practice.

In addition, he was found to have placed 75 online bets on tennis matches during June 2019, in breach of the explicit prohibition on any form of betting on tennis.

During the course of the investigation and subsequent disciplinary process, Mr Rodriguez failed to engage or provide any form of co-operation, as required by the TACP.

The disciplinary case was adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Ian Mill QC. His findings of guilt and subsequent sanction means that with effect from today, 30 September 2020, the player is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis for a period of three years and six months.

Temur Ismailov
Seven Years Suspension

End Date of Sanction
18/02/2025

Temur Ismailov a 25-year-old tennis player from Uzbekistan, has been banned for seven years (with two suspended) and fined $12,000 after a Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation found he had breached the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) rules on several occasions relating to match fixing.

The disciplinary case was heard by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Janie Soublière and Mr Ismailov, who had a highest ATP singles ranking of 397, admitted being involved in match fixing on three occasions in 2014 ,2015 and 2019. The subsequent sanction means that from 18 December 2020, the player is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis for seven years (with two years suspended).

The period of Ineligibility will continue until such time as the fine is paid in full.

The breach of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme that Mr Ismailov has been found guilty of is:

D.1.d of the 2014 TACP: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event”

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA. It was established to promote, encourage and safeguard the integrity of tennis worldwide. From 1 January 2021, the TIU will become part of a new, independent body - the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

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Nikita Kryvonos
Suspended
Majed Kilani
Seven year suspension

End Date of Sanction
24/06/2027

Tunisian tennis player Majed Kilani has been banned from all professional tennis for seven years and fined $7,000 after being found guilty of match-fixing charges.

Juan Carlos Saez
Eight year suspension

End Date of Sanction
18/08/2027

Potito Starace
Ten year suspension

End Date of Sanction
21/11/2028

Former Italian tennis player Potito Starace has been banned from any future involvement in the sport for 10 years and fined $100,000 USD, after being found guilty of match-fixing and associated offences.

The case against Mr Starace, 37, was adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard H McLaren and based on an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU).

In a decision announced today, which follows a disciplinary Hearing held in London on 18-19 September, Prof McLaren found him guilty of match-fixing offences relating to the ATP 500 World Tour tournament played in Barcelona, Spain in April 2011.

He was also found to have facilitated betting relating to the Barcelona match

The finding of guilt and imposition of the 10 years suspension, means that with immediate effect the now-retired Mr Starace is prohibited from attending any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.

The breaches of the 2011 Tennis Anti-Corruption Program he was found to have committed are as follows:

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.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; and appearing in commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis.

In October 2007 Mr Starace reached a career-best singles ranking of 27. His highest doubles ranking was 40 in June 2012.

Enrique López Pérez
Eight Years Suspension

End Date of Sanction
01/12/2028

Spanish tennis player, Enrique López Pérez has been banned for eight years after an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) found that he had partaken in three separate instances of match fixing activity in 2017. Additionally, he has been fined $25,000 (US).

The disciplinary case was heard by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Richard McLaren on 5 November 2020. He found that Enrique López Pérez breached the rules of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme (TACP) three times at tournaments in 2017, with two further charges unproven.

The subsequent sanction means that from today, 1 December 2020, the player is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis for eight years.

Mr López Pérez who had a highest ATP singles ranking of 154 (13/08/2018) and a highest ATP doubles ranking of 135 (22/04/2019), had been provisionally suspended on 19 December 2019 prior to the hearing.

The breach of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme (TACP) that Enrique López Pérez has been found guilty of is:

Section D.1.d. of the 2017 TACP:

“No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.”

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA and established to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide. From 1 January 2021, the TIU will become a new, independent body - the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

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Yuri Khachatryan
10 Years Suspension

End Date of Sanction
04/11/2030

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has today confirmed that two Bulgarian tennis players have been banned and face significant fines, after being convicted of a number of corruption offences.

Karen Khachatryan has been handed a lifetime ban from the sport and a fine of $250,000 (US). His brother, Yuri Khachatryan has been banned for ten years and fined $50,000 (US) following a TIU investigation and hearing.

A TIU investigation established that between 2017 and 2019, 26 year old Karen Khachatryan was responsible for numerous breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme, including:

- Five cases of match fixing

- Nine cases of soliciting other players not to use best efforts

- Repeated failure to co-operate with the TIU investigation

As a result of his conviction, Mr Khachatryan is now permanently excluded from competing in or attending any sanctioned tennis event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport and must pay a fine of $250,000 (US).

He had been provisionally suspended from all professional tennis since June 2019, as a result of concerns about his alleged involvement in corruption.

The investigation also established that 20 year old Yuri Khachatryan was also responsible for breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme, including:

- Making corrupt approaches to a fellow professional player

- Delaying in complying with the TIU’s demands for information, providing devices with which he had tampered and provided false information

- Wagered on tennis

- Facilitated others’ gambling on tennis

As a result of his conviction he is now excluded from competing in or attending any sanctioned tennis event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport for a period of ten years. He has been ordered to pay a fine of $50,000 (US).

He had also been provisionally suspended from all professional tennis since June 2019, as a result of the concerns about his alleged involvement in corruption.

The breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program the pair have committed relate to:

Section 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; and appearing in commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis.”

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

Section D.1.e: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event”.

Section 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 (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.”

Section F.2.b: “All Covered Persons must co-operate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. After a Covered Person receives a TIU request for an initial interview or otherwise becomes aware of any TIU investigation involving the Covered Person, the Covered Person shall (i) preserve and not tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence (including any personal devices described in Section F.2.c.i) or other information related to any Corruption Offense and (ii) not solicit, facilitate or advise any other person to fail to preserve, tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense”.

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.

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Dagmara Baskova
12 years suspension

End Date of Sanction
31/12/2032

Slovakian tennis player Dagmara Baskova has been banned for a period of 12 years and fined $40,000 after an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit uncovered five incidents of match fixing by the player in 2017.

Ms Baskova admitted the charges and Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Ian Mill QC ruled that she should be prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis for a period of 12 years. The majority of the fine is suspended, with $1,000 payable within 90 days.

Ms Baskova had a highest WTA ranking of 1117 in singles and 777 in doubles.

The breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) that Ms Baskova has been found guilty of are:

D.1.d of the 2017 TACP – “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.”

D.2.a.ii of the 2017 TACP – “In the event any Player knows or suspects that any other Covered Person or individual has committed a corruption Offense, it shall be the Players’ obligation to report such knowledge or suspicion to the TIU as soon as possible.”

Ms Baskova has since retired from the sport.

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA and established to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide. From 1 January 2021, the TIU will become part of a new, independent body – the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

Aleksandrina Naydenova
Lifetime Ban

Bulgarian tennis player Aleksandrina Naydenova has been issued with a lifetime ban from the sport after an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) found that she had partaken in match fixing activity multiple times between 2015 and 2019. Additionally, she was charged and found guilty of failing to co-operate with the TIU investigation. Alongside the ban, she has been fined $150,000 (US).

The disciplinary case was heard by Anti-corruption Hearing Officer Richard McLaren. He found that Ms Naydenova made 13 breaches of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme (TACP) – 12 relating to match fixing and one relating to several incidents of non-co-operation with the TIU investigation process. The subsequent sanction means that from today, 20 November 2020, the player is permanently prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis.

Ms Naydenova who had a highest ITF singles ranking of 89 and WTA ranking of 218, had been provisionally suspended on 27 December 2019 prior to the hearing.

The breaches of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme (TACP) that Ms Naydenova has been found guilty of are:

Section D.1.d. of the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 TACPs: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.”

Section F.2.b / D.2.c of the 2017 and 2019 TACPs: “All Covered Persons must co-operate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. After a Covered Person received a TIU request for an initial interview or otherwise becomes aware of any TIU investigation involving the Covered Person, the Covered Person shall (i) preserve and not tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence (including any personal devices described in Section F.2.c.i.) or any other information related to any Corruption Offense and (ii) not solicit, facilitate or advise any other person to fail to preserve, tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense.”

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA and established to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide. From 1 January 2021, the TIU will become a new, independent body - the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

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Karen Kachatryan
Lifetime Ban

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has today confirmed that two Bulgarian tennis players have been banned and face significant fines, after being convicted of a number of corruption offences.

Karen Khachatryan has been handed a lifetime ban from the sport and a fine of $250,000 (US). His brother, Yuri Khachatryan has been banned for ten years and fined $50,000 (US) following a TIU investigation and hearing.

A TIU investigation established that between 2017 and 2019, 26 year old Karen Khachatryan was responsible for numerous breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme, including:

- Five cases of match fixing

- Nine cases of soliciting other players not to use best efforts

- Repeated failure to co-operate with the TIU investigation

As a result of his conviction, Mr Khachatryan is now permanently excluded from competing in or attending any sanctioned tennis event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport and must pay a fine of $250,000 (US).

He had been provisionally suspended from all professional tennis since June 2019, as a result of concerns about his alleged involvement in corruption.

The investigation also established that 20 year old Yuri Khachatryan was also responsible for breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme, including:

- Making corrupt approaches to a fellow professional player

- Delaying in complying with the TIU’s demands for information, providing devices with which he had tampered and provided false information

- Wagered on tennis

- Facilitated others’ gambling on tennis

As a result of his conviction he is now excluded from competing in or attending any sanctioned tennis event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport for a period of ten years. He has been ordered to pay a fine of $50,000 (US).

He had also been provisionally suspended from all professional tennis since June 2019, as a result of the concerns about his alleged involvement in corruption.

The breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program the pair have committed relate to:

Section 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; and appearing in commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis.”

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

Section D.1.e: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event”.

Section 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 (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.”

Section F.2.b: “All Covered Persons must co-operate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. After a Covered Person receives a TIU request for an initial interview or otherwise becomes aware of any TIU investigation involving the Covered Person, the Covered Person shall (i) preserve and not tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence (including any personal devices described in Section F.2.c.i) or other information related to any Corruption Offense and (ii) not solicit, facilitate or advise any other person to fail to preserve, tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense”.

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.

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Aymen Ikhlef
Lifetime ban

Algerian tennis player Aymen Ikhlef has been banned for life from the sport after an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) uncovered multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) rules by the player. The player has also been fined $100,000.

The disciplinary case was heard by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Richard McLaren. He found that Mr Ikhlef made 10 breaches of the TACP. The subsequent sanction means that from 11th December 2020, the player is permanently prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis.

Mr Ikhlef who had a highest ATP singles ranking of 1739, was found guilty of four instances of match fixing, two instances of soliciting other players not to use their best efforts, three instances of failure to report a corrupt approach and one charge of failing to co-operate with the TIU investigation.

The breaches of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme (TACP) that Mr Ikhlef has been found guilty of are:

D.1.d of the 2016 TACP: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event”.

D.1.e of the 2016 TACP: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event”.

D.2.a.i of the 2016 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 (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.”

Section F.2.b / D.2.c of the 2017 TACP: “All Covered Persons must co-operate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. After a Covered Person received a TIU request for an initial interview or otherwise becomes aware of any TIU investigation involving the Covered Person, the Covered Person shall (i) preserve and not tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence (including any personal devices described in Section F.2.c.i.) or any other information related to any Corruption Offense and (ii) not solicit, facilitate or advise any other person to fail to preserve, tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense.”

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA and established to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide. From 1 January 2021, the TIU will become a new, independent body - the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

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Stanislav Poplavskyy
Lifetime ban

Ukrainian tennis player Stanislav Poplavskyy has been issued with a lifetime ban from the sport after an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) found that he had partaken in match fixing and courtsiding activities on multiple occasions between 2015 and 2019.

Mr Poplavskyy who had a highest ATP ranking of 440, was also charged with and found guilty of facilitating courtsiding and a failure to report multiple approaches asking him to contrive matches. Courtsiding is a prohibited practice which involves transmission of live scoring data from a match to a third party for betting purposes.

Mr Poplavskyy accepted all charges and Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Richard McLaren issued a lifetime ban and a fine of $10,000 meaning that as from 1 December 2020, the player is permanently prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis. 

The breaches of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme (TACP) that Mr Poplavskyy has been found guilty of are: 

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.c: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept any money, benefit or Consideration for the provision of an accreditation to an Event (i) for the purpose of facilitating a commission of a Corruption Offense; or (ii) which leads, directly or indirectly, to the commission of a Corruption Offense.”

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.”

D.2.a.ii. “In the event any Player knows or suspects that any other Covered Person or other individual has committed a Corruption Offense, it shall be the Player's obligation to report such knowledge or suspicion to the TIU as soon as possible.”

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA and established to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide. From 1 January 2021, the TIU will become a new, independent body - the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

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Alija Merdeeva
Lifetime ban

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that two Russian tennis players, Sofia Dmitrieva and Alija Merdeeva have been banned for life from the sport, following investigations into multiple incidents of match fixing. Two of the matches concerned involved both the players as doubles partners.

The cases were ruled on by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Charles Hollander QC and the sanctions mean both players are permanently prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis.

Ms Merdeeva, who had a highest singles ranking of 928 and a highest doubles ranking of 644, was involved in two incidents of match fixing. Ms Dmitrieva, who had a highest WTA singles ranking of 1191 and a highest doubles ranking of 939, was involved in a total of six incidents of match fixing. In addition, she was charged with a failure to co-operate with the investigation.

The breach of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme that both players have been found guilty of are:

Section D.1.d of the 2018 TACP:

“No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.”

In addition, Ms Dmitrieva was charged with section F.2.b/D.2.c of the 2019 TACP:

“All Covered Persons must cooperate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. After a Covered Person receives a TIU request for an initial interview or otherwise becomes aware of any TIU investigation involving the Covered Person, the Covered Person shall (i) preserve and not tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence (including any personal devices described in Section F.2.c.i.) or other information related to any Corruption Offense and (ii) not solicit, facilitate or advise any other person to fail to preserve, tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense.”

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

Sofia Dmitrieva
Lifetime ban

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that two Russian tennis players, Sofia Dmitrieva and Alija Merdeeva have been banned for life from the sport, following investigations into multiple incidents of match fixing. Two of the matches concerned involved both the players as doubles partners.

The cases were ruled on by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Charles Hollander QC and the sanctions mean both players are permanently prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis.

Ms Merdeeva, who had a highest singles ranking of 928 and a highest doubles ranking of 644, was involved in two incidents of match fixing. Ms Dmitrieva, who had a highest WTA singles ranking of 1191 and a highest doubles ranking of 939, was involved in a total of six incidents of match fixing. In addition, she was charged with a failure to co-operate with the investigation.

The breach of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme that both players have been found guilty of are:

Section D.1.d of the 2018 TACP:

“No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.”

In addition, Ms Dmitrieva was charged with section F.2.b/D.2.c of the 2019 TACP:

“All Covered Persons must cooperate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. After a Covered Person receives a TIU request for an initial interview or otherwise becomes aware of any TIU investigation involving the Covered Person, the Covered Person shall (i) preserve and not tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence (including any personal devices described in Section F.2.c.i.) or other information related to any Corruption Offense and (ii) not solicit, facilitate or advise any other person to fail to preserve, tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense.”

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

Youssef Hossam
Lifetime ban

Egyptian tennis player Youssef Hossam has been banned from professional tennis for life following his conviction on multiple match-fixing and associated corruption charges.

Joao Olavo Soares de Souza
Lifetime ban
Diego Matos
Lifetime ban
Helen Ploskina
Lifetime ban

 

Ukrainian tennis player Helen Ploskina has been handed a lifetime ban and $20,000 fine after being found guilty of match-fixing and related offences by an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer.

A Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation established that the 22-year old, currently ranked 821 in ITF World Tennis singles, introduced another player to a corruptor, who offered that individual payment in return for agreeing to fix the outcome of matches. The offences took place in October 2016.

In addition, she was found guilty of two further offences of failing to report knowledge of corrupt activity and failing to co-operate with a TIU investigation.

The sanction and fine were imposed in a decision issued today, 28 May 2019, by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Ian Mill QC. As a result, and with immediate effect, the player is permanently excluded from competing in or attending any sanctioned event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.

Currently ranked 821 in ITF World Tennis singles, Ms Ploskina has a career high ranking of 698 WTA, in October 2014.

The relevant sections of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program she was found to have breached are:

Section D.1.e: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event.”

Section D.2.a.ii: “In the event any Player knows or suspects that any other Covered Person or other individual has committed a Corruption Offense, it shall be the Player's obligation to report such knowledge or suspicion to the TIU as soon as possible.”

Section D.2.c: “For the avoidance of doubt, (i) a failure of the Reporting Obligation by any Covered Person; and/or (ii) a failure of the duty to cooperate under Section F.2 shall constitute a Corruption Offense for all purposes of the Program.”

Mauricio Alvarez-Guzman
Lifetime ban

Mauricio Alvarez-Guzman banned for life for tennis match-fixing and associated corruption offences  

3059 ITF ranked Chilean player found guilty of attempting to bribe a player and of offences related to purchasing wild cards    

Chilean tennis player Mauricio Alvarez-Guzman has been handed a lifetime ban from professional tennis after being found guilty of match-fixing and associated corruption offences, which breach the sport’s Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).

The 31-year old was found to have attempted to contrive the outcome of an August 2016 ATP Challenger match in Meerbusch, Germany by offering a player €1,000 to lose a set.

In addition he was found guilty of contriving the singles draw of the ITF F27 Futures tournament played in July 2016 in Antalya, Turkey by purchasing a wild card for entry into the singles competition. An intention to purchase a wild card for the doubles competition of the same tournament did not come to fruition, but still stands as a corruption offence.  

The disciplinary case against Mr Alvarez-Guzman was considered by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Charles Hollander QC at a Hearing held in London on 11 March 2019.

Having found him guilty of all charges, the lifetime ban imposed by Mr Hollander means that with effect from 14 March 2019 the player is permanently excluded from competing in or attending any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.

In July 2010 Mr Alvarez-Guzman reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of 1050; his highest doubles ranking of 672 came in August 2014. His current ITF World Tour ranking stands at 3059.

The breaches of the TACP he has been found guilty of are:

Section D.1.d: "No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event."

Section D.1.e: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event.”

Section D.1.g: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, offer or provide any money, benefit or Consideration to any other Covered Person with the intention of negatively influencing a Player's best efforts in any Event.”

Marc Fornell-Mestres
Provisionally suspended

Marc Fornell-Mestres provisionally suspended from tennis by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer  

                                                                              36-year old Spanish player ranked 1007 in year-end singles   

Spanish tennis player Marc Fornell-Mestres has been provisionally suspended from professional tennis by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard H McLaren. 

The suspension relates to an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit into alleged breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program and applies with immediate effect.

This means that Mr Fornell-Mestres is prohibited from competing in, or attending, any sanctioned event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport for the duration of his suspension.

In the 2018 year-end rankings the 36-year old was positioned 1007 in singles and 772 in doubles.  

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis. 

Daniele Bracciali
Lifetime ban

Italian tennis player Daniele Bracciali has been banned from tennis for life and fined $250,000 USD after being found guilty of match-fixing and associated offences.

The case against Mr Bracciali, 40, was adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard H McLaren and based on an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

In a decision announced today, which follows a disciplinary Hearing held in London on 18-19 September, Prof McLaren found him guilty of match-fixing offences relating to the ATP 500 World Tour tournament played in Barcelona, Spain in April 2011.

He was also found to have facilitated betting relating to the Barcelona match.

The finding of guilt and imposition of the lifetime suspension means that with immediate effect Mr Bracciali is prohibited from playing in or attending any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.

The breaches of the 2011 Tennis Anti-Corruption Program he was found to have committed are as follows:

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.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; and appearing in commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis.

Daniele Bracciali is currently ranked 100 in doubles and reached a career-best of 21 in June 2012. As a singles player his highest ranking was 49 in May 2006.

Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko
Lifetime bans

Alekseenko brothers banned for life for tennis match-fixing offences 

Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer finds Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko guilty of multiple match-fixing offences, together with links to corrupt betting

Ukrainian twin brothers Gleb and Vadim Alekseenko have been banned from tennis for life and each fined $250,000 after being found guilty of multiple match-fixing and associated offences.

The case against the brothers, 35, was adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard H McLaren and based on an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

In a decision announced today, Prof McLaren found them guilty of multiple match-fixing offences committed at a number of ITF Futures tournaments played in Romania, Russia, Germany and Turkey between June 2015 and January 2016.

In addition, they were found to have solicited a third party to wager on matches in which they contrived the outcome.

The findings of guilt and imposition of the lifetime suspensions means that with immediate effect both players are prohibited from playing in or attending any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.

The breaches of the 2015 and 2016 Tennis Anti-Corruption Program they were found to have committed are as follows:

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; and appearing in com

D.1.d No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.

Vadim Alekseenko is currently ranked 1113 in singles and reached a career-best of 497 in June 2014. Gleb Alekseenko is currently ranked 1724 in singles with a career-high of 609 in May 2011.

Thai chair umpires Anucha Tongplew, Apisit Promchai and Chitchai Srililai banned for life
Lifetime bans

Three Thai chair umpires banned for life for match-fixing and betting offences 

Three Thai chair umpires, Anucha Tongplew, Apisit Promchai and Chitchai Srililai, have been banned for life from officiating at or attending any professional tennis events, after being found guilty of match-fixing and betting offences.

Each of the officials admitted to betting on tennis matches at ITF Futures tournaments held in 2017 at which they were acting as chair umpires. They also manipulated scores inputted into the official scoring system, for betting-related purposes and personal profit.

The case was adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Charles Hollander QC, following an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The lifetime bans apply with immediate effect and prohibit each individual from ever officiating at, or attending, any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.

The breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program committed by each party are as follows:

Section D.1.a: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, wager or attempt to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition.” 

Section 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; and appearing in commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis.” 

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

Karim Hossam
Lifetime ban

Egyptian tennis player Karim Hossam banned for life and fined for match-fixing offences 

Karim Hossam, the 24-year old Egyptian tennis player, has been banned for life and fined $15,000 after being convicted of multiple match-fixing offences.

The player was found guilty of 16 corruption charges under Section D of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program. These  included match-fixing, facilitating betting, providing inside information and failing to report corrupt approaches to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU).

The case was based on a TIU investigation and adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Jane Mulcahy QC.

The breaches of the sport’s anti-corruption code were committed at ITF Futures tournaments over a five-year period between 2013 and 2017.

Mr Hossam has been subject to a provisional suspension imposed by AHO Mulcahy in June 2017, which has subsequently prevented him playing in or attending any authorised tennis events.

The lifetime ban applies with immediate effect and means the player is not allowed to compete in, or attend, any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.

Mr Hossam is ranked 1136 in singles, with a career high of 337 achieved in September 2013.

Konstantinos Mikos
Lifetime ban

Konstantinos Mikos banned for life for tennis corruption offences 

1536-ranked player made corrupt approach and held tennis betting accounts

Greek tennis player Konstantinos Mikos (25) has been banned for life after being found guilty of four offences under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (Program).

Evidence obtained by a Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation confirmed that in November 2013 he made a corrupt approach to another Greek player, Alexandros Jakupovic*, at the Greece F20 Futures tournament in Rethymon. The approach offered payment in return for agreeing to lose nominated sets and games in a match at the event.

In addition, Mr Mikos was found to have operated two gambling accounts through which bets were placed on tennis between March 2012 and December 2013.

The case was considered by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy QC, who imposed the lifetime ban today, 4 May 2017.

The ban from all professional tennis applies with immediate effect and means the player is not allowed to compete in, or attend, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.

The offences for which he has been sanctioned are:

Section D.1.a: No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, wager or attempt to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis completion 

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

Section D.1.e: No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event 

Section D.1.g: No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, offer or provide any money, benefit or Consideration to any other Covered Person with the intention of negatively influencing a Player’s best efforts in any Event

Mr Mikos achieved a career-high singles ranking of 933 in in August 2014.

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis. 

*Alexandros Jakupovic was the subject of a separate TIU investigation and disciplinary hearing that led to him receiving a lifetime ban in December 2015:

http://www.tennisintegrityunit.com/media-releases/tennis-player-alexandros-jakupovic-banned-life-breaches-tennis-anti-corruption-program

Alexandru-Daniel Carpen
Lifetime ban

Romanian tennis player Alexandru-Daniel Carpen has been banned from playing professional tennis for life after admitting to a match-fixing charge. A Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation found that in October 2013 he made a corrupt approach to another player, seeking his involvement in match-fixing activity in return for payment.

Joshua Chetty
Lifetime ban

South African tennis player Joshua Chetty has been banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of match-fixing charges. 

The 21-year old admitted to approaching another player with financial inducements of $2,000 to underperform in a singles match, and $600 in a doubles match, during the ITF Futures F1 event in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in November 2015. 

The player approached by Chetty, whose identity will remain confidential in accordance with the provisions of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP), rejected the corrupt offers and reported the matter to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU). 

The findings of a resultant TIU investigation were referred to independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer, Ian Mill QC, who considered the case and imposed the lifetime ban from all professional tennis. Mr Chetty is currently ranked 1,857 in singles, with a career-high of 1,370 in June 2015. 

The breaches of the TACP for which he has been found guilty fall under Sections D.1.e and D.1.g, namely: 

  • Section D.1.e. 

No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event.

  • Section D.1.g. 

No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, offer or provide any money, benefit or Consideration to any other Covered Person with the intention of negatively influencing a Player's best efforts in any Event. 

The lifetime ban from all professional tennis applies with immediate effect and means the player is not allowed to compete in, or attend, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport. 

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.

Sergei Krotiouk
Lifetime ban

Russian tennis player Sergei Krotiouk has been banned from the sport for life and fined US$60,000 after being found guilty of offenses under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (UTACP).

Mr Krotiouk, 34, was found guilty of 41 charges under Articles D.1.d (14 charges), D.1.e (14 charges) and D.1.g (13 charges) of the UTACP. 

The life ban applies with immediate effect and means that Mr Krotiouk is not eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of professional tennis from the date of this statement.

Morgan Lamri
Lifetime ban

French tennis official banned for life for violations of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program

French tennis official Morgan Lamri has been banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of multiple offenses under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (Program).

Mr Lamri, 22, was found guilty of charges laid under the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Program, in a case based on the findings of a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation.

Daniel Koellerer
Lifetime ban

Austrian tennis player Daniel Koellerer and his manager Manfred Nareyka have been disciplined under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme for the offences of facilitating betting.

A Tennis Integrity Unit investigation found that Mr Koellerer’s personal website carried details of betting odds on tennis matches and provided links to allow users to place bets. The offence of facilitating betting contravenes Article D1b of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme.

Andrey Kumantsov
Lifetime ban

Russian tennis player Andrey Kumantsov has been banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of multiple offenses under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (Program).

Mr Kumantsov, 27, was found guilty of 12 charges under Article D.1 of the Program in a case based on the findings of a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation.

Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Richard H. McLaren considered the case at a Hearing held in London on 2 June 2014.

The lifetime ban applies with immediate effect and means that Mr Kumantsov is not eligible to participate in or attend any tournament or competition organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of professional tennis from the date of this statement.

Alexandros Jakupovic
Lifetime ban

Greek tennis player Alexandros Jakupovic has been banned from the sport for life for committing offenses under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (Program).

The confirmation of the lifetime ban follows a Decision announced on 12 November this year, that Mr Jakupovic had been found guilty of five corruption Charges.

Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy QC considered the case at a Hearing held in London on 29 September 2015, following an investigation carried out by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The lifetime ban takes immediate effect and means that the player, 33, is permanently ineligible to compete in or attend any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.

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