Argentine tennis player suspended for five years after 35 breaches involving Belgian match-fixing syndicate

Thursday, 09 May 2024 at 06:30
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced today that Argentine tennis player Eduardo Agustín Torre has been suspended for five years after he was found guilty of 35 breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).
Torre, who reached a career-high world singles ranking of 596 in September 2014, was is connected to a recently concluded criminal case involving a match-fixing syndicate in Belgium. Collaboration between the ITIA and Belgian authorities led to a five-year custodial sentence for Grigor Sargsyan, the leader of the syndicate. However, charges against Torre are related to offenses from 2017, but the ITIA’s case was deferred until criminal proceedings were concluded.

Sanction involves prohibition from competing at all professional tennis events

The Argentine player did not respond to the ITIA’s charges, and failure to do so meant he admitted liability for all charges and acceded to sanctions. The breaches included facilitation of wagering, contriving the outcome of matches, soliciting money or benefit to negatively influence a player’s best efforts, failure to report corrupt approaches, and failure to report corruption offenses.
The suspension will run from the date of the decision, April 26 2024 till midnight April 25, 2029. During this period, Torre is prohibited from playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis event authorized or sanctioned by the members of the ITIA (ATP, ITF, WTA, Tennis Australia, Fédération Française de Tennis, Wimbledon and USTA) or any national association.  

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