Tag Archives: Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU)

TIU denies two requests to lift provisional suspensions

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has confirmed that two players have had their application to lift a temporary suspension denied. Bulgarian tennis player Aleksandrina Naydenova and Spanish tennis player Enrique López Pérez had both applied to lift provisional suspensions originally imposed on 27 December 2019 and 19 December 2019 respectively. Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard McLaren rejected both applications, …

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TIU suspends Antonis Kalaitzakis over betting breaches

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has handed a 20-month suspension and $6,000 fine to Greek tournament director Antonis Kalaitzakis after he admitted to ‘betting on tennis and failing to report knowledge of, or suspicion of corruption’ to the TIU. The suspension follows on from an investigation which found that Kalaitzakis used online betting accounts to place 127 bets on tennis …

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IBIA and TIU call for increased due diligence as live sport returns

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) and the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) have reiterated the need for betting and sports stakeholders to exercise increased due diligence in the facilitation of betting markets during the coronavirus pandemic. Publishing correspondence between the two, it was emphasised that a ‘risk-based approach’ would be taken to ensure that integrity is maintained in the sport. …

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TIU issues lifetime ban to Hossam over match-fixing

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has confirmed that Youssef Hossam has been issued with a lifetime ban from professional tennis following his conviction on multiple match-fixing and associated corruption charges. Hassam was issued with the lifetime sanction after a disciplinary hearing held in London in March. The TIU found that between 2015 and 2019, Hassam had ‘conspired with other parties …

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Reformed TIU meets year-1 integrity goals ahead of critical 2020

Completing its first year under a new operating regime, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has today published its annual review detailing the development of its work and further directives protecting tennis competitions, athletes and wider stakeholders from corruption. Following a two-year investigation, the ‘Independent Review Panel’ (IRP) recommended that tennis’ combined governing bodies reform the TIU’s governance and working remit. …

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Doha ‘golden match’ casts shadow over tennis integrity

A result from the $15,000 level futures tournament in Doha has swept the tennis world, bringing the integrity of the game into question.  The ‘golden match’, which is a contest that sees a competitor lose every single available point, saw world no.1367 Krittin Koaykul dominate her Ukrainian opponent Artem Bahmet. According to The Telegraph, the initial interest in the game stemmed …

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TIU provisionally suspends Albina Khabibulina amid corruption concerns

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Following an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), Uzbekistani tennis player Albina Khabibulina has been provisionally suspended from professional tennis after being found to be in breach of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme. Khabibulina, who was suspended by independent Anti-corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Prof Richard H. McLaren with immediate effect, was found to be in breach of Section 3 of …

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MGA strengthens partnership with TIU

Strengthening its fight against betting-related corruption, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has secured a data-sharing agreement with the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU). The duo, which have worked alongside one another for a number of years, will continue to collaborate on their joint efforts to combat match-fixing. The MGA’s Sports Integrity Officer, Antonio Zerafa stated: “The MGA has long held an …

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TIU serves new sanctions in bid to fight corruption

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has issued a fresh crack down on corruption in the sport after issuing a fine and a suspension to players found to be in contravention of regulations. Issuing a $51,250 (£41,000) fine to former world No 50 Anna Tatishvili and a nine month suspension to German tennis player Osman Torski, the TIU has focused upon …

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28 pro tennis players implicated in Europol match fixing investigation

EU-wide crime agency Europol has reported that Spain’s Guardia Civil has arrested 83 individuals in connection to a criminal syndicate manipulating professional tennis competitions/matches. Publishing its report, Europol details that 28 professional tennis players are implicated in the ongoing investigation, with Europol revealing that one player had played at the last US Open Grand Slam tournament. The investigation, which began …

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