Tennis player banned for match-fixing
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that Baptiste Crepatte, a 28-year-old tennis player from France, has been banned from the sport for three years after multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) rules.
The case was ruled on by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Professor Richard McLaren, who upheld charges brought by the ITIA relating to Corruption Offenses under Sections D.1.b., D.1.d. and D.2.a.i. of the 2018 TACP.
It was determined by AHO McLaren that Crepatte had been involved in the fixing of three matches, with a total of seven breaches of the TACP – including contriving the outcome or any other aspect of two Events, directly or indirectly facilitating Tennis Betting, and failing to report corrupt approaches to the ITIA.
Crepatte, who contested the charges, will be prohibited from playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis until 19 April 2026. The player, who reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of 276 in August 2019, has also been fined $15,000.
This case is the latest in a series of investigations pursued by the ITIA in conjunction with law enforcement investigations in Belgium, which has seen a number of tennis players implicated in match-fixing incidents.