Tennis tournament director suspended for betting on matches

Greek director of tennis tournaments, Antonis Kalaitzakis has been suspended for 20 months and fined $6,000 for placing bets on tennis matches.

Four out of the 20 months and 50% of the fine will be suspended on the condition that no more infractions of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) are committed.

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation also found that Kalaitzakis placed a total of 127 bets on tennis between 2013 and 2016 through a number of different online betting accounts.

Kalaitzakis will now be prohibited from involvement in any tennis event sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis over the next 20 months.

TIU recently stated that operators had reported suspicious betting activity between April and June, regardless of the major competitions suspended as a result of Covid-19.

These developments will undoubtedly have a knock on effect on the industry. With betting already having a fragile name in some eyes, will this move tarnish the reputation the industry and encourage stricter regulations?

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