SBC News ITIA hands Slovenian tennis official 10-year ban for data manipulation

ITIA hands Slovenian tennis official 10-year ban for data manipulation

Marko Ducman, a Slovenian tennis official, has received a ten-and-a-half-year suspension from the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).

Ducman admitted to four breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP), which included engaging in tennis match wagering as well as manipulating match data for betting purposes.

He has also been fined $75,000, with $56,250 suspended and – during the suspension – is prohibited from officiating at or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the members of the ITIA: ATP, ITF, WTA, Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open, or any national association. 

Ducman has officiated at ITF, ATP and WTA tournaments, and is both an international-level and bronze-badge official.

The ITIA stated: “The official has been provisionally suspended since 8 September 2023, and time served under provisional suspension will be credited against Ducman’s period of ineligibility. As such, their suspension will end on 7 March 2034.”

The body also emphasised that Ducman has cooperated with the investigation and accepted the imposed penalty, forgoing the option of a hearing before an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer.

Similarly, in May of this year, Heriberto Morales Churata – a Bolivian chair umpire – faced a six-year ban for manipulating scores at ITF World Tennis Tour events by incorrectly entering the digits into the handheld device in both 2021 and 2022.

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