Italian tennis player suspended for 15 months after corruption breaches

Saturday, 24 February 2024 at 10:00
Following his admission to breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP), Italian tennis player Andrea Rita has been suspended for 15 months by The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).
Rita is currently unranked on the ATP Tour but did reach a career-high ITF singles ranking of 1712 in June 2023. The 23-year old admitted to four breaches of the TACP between 2018 and 2020, including wagering on tennis matches and the failure to report a corrupt approach. He has been fined $5,000, of which $4,000 is suspended.

Prohibition includes ATP and Grand Slam events

The Italian player co-operated fully with the ITIA investigation and accepted an agreed sanction, waiving his right to a hearing before an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer. As a result, his period of ineligibility began on 26 January 2024 and ends on 25 April 2025. During this period of ineligibility, Rita is prohibited from playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis event authorized or sanctioned by the members of the ITIA, which includes ATP, ITF, WTA, Tennis Australia, Fédération Française de Tennis, Wimbledon and USTA or any national association.

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