Umpires and tennis players are causing a racket. Over the past several months, a number of them have received bans for match-fixing, and two more are currently on the list.
The International Tennis Integrity Agency kicked out a tennis player and an Italian judge for embarrassing themselves and the sport. As technology to identify the potential rigging of sports contests improves, criminals find it harder to continue their practice.
Sometimes the issue gets blown out of proportion because of the continuous trail of match-fixing. In the second quarter of this year, the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported just 88 cases of suspicious betting activity across all sports to the relevant authorities. This number is very low compared to the number of games and matches that occur.
The tennis player was out for seven years
After admitting that he rigged the outcome of a tennis match, he received a seven year and five month suspension. The ban will be backdated to March 31 by the ITIA. The 29-year-old player is off the official tennis circuit until August 30, 2029.
At one point, he was ranked 663 in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings. If he hadn’t been taking dives, he could have achieved a higher status. He admitted to accepting cash in exchange for match-fixing, as well as not reporting it.
He was found guilty under four different sections of the rules by the ITIA. The organization prohibits players from giving 100% on the court and from soliciting wagers on the outcome of matches.
Players are not allowed to accept any type of compensation to throw matches, and must inform the ITIA if someone requests that they do. All four counts were failed by the man.
The Italian Ump was forced to take leave
The chair umpire is accused of manipulating the outcome of matches. From June 22 onwards, Totaro will be taking a break from tennis.
The investigation is being carried out by the ITIA. It did not accuse Totaro of any wrongdoing. It has the right to suspend anyone it believes may have aided match- fixing. After gathering more evidence, the organization will probably hold a formal hearing.
Three judges from Tunisia were taken out of their jobs by the ITIA for rigging matches. Between four and 12 contests, the trio manipulated the outcome by holding various badges at different levels.
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has banned Chilean tennis player Michel Vernier Quinteros for seven years and five months after he admitted to rigging the outcome of a tennis match. The 29-year-old player is off the official tennis circuit until August 30, 2029. The ITIA is currently investigating a chair umpire who allegedly manipulated the outcome of matches.