SHOCKING: Tennis Player Banned for 14 Years and Fined 100,000 Dollars

Published 03/31/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Kei Nishikori of Japan (R) hits a volley against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (L) in the fourth round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Recently, former top 100 doubles player Roberto Maytin was given a 14-year ban from tennis and was heavily fined after he breached multiple anti-corruption rules of the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).

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In the press release from ITIA, Maytin had committed multiple offenses between 2017 and 2018 and thus broke several rules. He was handed a 14-year ban from all forms of tennis and given a $100,000 fine. His punishment also disallows him from coaching and attending any official tennis matches.

“The offenses took place in 2017 and 2018. [Maytin] is now prohibited from playing in, coaching at or otherwise attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis for a period of 14 years from 29 March 2021.”

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Maytin broke three rules of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). These laws cover the aspect of match-fixing. It implies an attempt of changing the outcomes of matches and failing to report a match-fixing attempt to the ITIA.

Maytin had the option of asking for a hearing. But the player himself accepted the charges and thus according to the new rules there will not be a hearing.

The three offenses that tennis player Roberto Maytin broke

Section D.1.d of the 2017 and 2018 TACP: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.”

Section D.2.a of the 2017 and 2018 TACP: “In the event any Player is approached by any person who offers or provides any type of money, benefit or Consideration to a Player to (i) influence the outcome or any other aspect of any Event, or (ii) provide Inside Information, it shall be the Player’s obligation to report such incident to the TIU [now ITIA] as soon as possible.”

Section D.1.f of the 2017 and 2018 TACP: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept any money, benefit or Consideration with the intention of negatively influencing a Player’s best efforts in any Event.”

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Roberto Maytin is a Venezuelan player who had reached the top doubles ranking of 86 in 2015. Currently, he was ranked 179th. He made his single Grand Slam appearance at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.

A general view inside the Wimbledon Number 1 court with the new fixed and retractable roof after the Wimbledon Spring Press Conference 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on April 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Match-fixing and corruption haven’t been a new thing in tennis. Earlier in Jan 2021, two WTA players were suspended for life after they were found guilty of match-fixing. Furthermore, in December 2021, a male Ukrainian player was banned for life after he was found indulging in match-fixing.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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