ITIA suspends Belgian tennis player over match-fixing

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has imposed a three-year suspension on Tunisian tennis player Anis Ghorbel due to his involvement in a match-fixing scandal. Ghorbel, who achieved a career-high world singles ranking of 479 in 2016, was found guilty of four breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). The specific violations include two counts of failing to report a corrupt approach, one count of facilitating betting on the outcome of a match, and one count of contriving the outcome or aspect of a match.

The suspension

This suspension, which is effective from January 4, 2024, to January 3, 2027, prohibits Ghorbel from playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis events authorized or sanctioned by ITIA members or any national associations. Additionally, Ghorbel was fined $20,000 for his actions.

This case is part of a broader match-fixing scandal in Belgium, which involved collaboration between the ITIA and Belgian authorities. This collaborative effort led to the conviction and a five-year custodial sentence for the leader of the match-fixing syndicate, Grigor Sargsyan. In total, the ITIA has banned 22 players and officials in the last three months over the same case, highlighting a significant crackdown on corruption in tennis.