SHOCKING: Tennis Player Gets Issued a Lifetime Ban Over Match-Fixing Scandal

Published 12/04/2020, 8:58 AM EST
A detailed view of an ATP TOUR logo on a tennis net during the semifinal round of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Ukrainian tennis player, Stanislav Poplavskyy, has been issued a lifetime ban from playing the game in the future. He was involved in match-fixing activities which are against the integrity of the sport. Stanislav has been held guilty on numerous counts of activities from 2015 to 2019. 

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Poplavskyy has also been held guilty on charges of failing to report being approached multiple times with regard to fixing matches and courtsiding. Courtsiding is the practice of providing information from sporting events for the sole purpose of gambling. Such activities are strictly prohibited.

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)

Tennis Player Stanislav Poplavskyy Has Been Found Guilty of the Following Charges:

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D.1.b“No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any other person to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition. For the avoidance of doubt, to solicit or facilitate to wager shall include, but not be limited to: the display of live tennis betting odds on a Covered Person website; writing articles for a tennis betting publication or website; conducting personal appearances for a tennis betting company or any other company or entity directly affiliated with a tennis betting company, and appearing in commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis.”

D.1.c: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept any money, benefit or Consideration for the provision of an accreditation to an Event (i) for the purpose of facilitating a commission of a Corruption Offense; or (ii) which leads, directly or indirectly, to the commission of a Corruption Offense.”

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

D.2.a.i: “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 as soon as possible.”

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D.2.a.ii. “In the event, any Player knows or suspects that any other Covered Person or other individual has committed a Corruption Offense, it shall be the Player’s obligation to report such knowledge or suspicion to the TIU as soon as possible.”

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It’s a sad situation for players to be banned from the thing they are best known for. Having said that, one must not compromise on the basic rule of the game. Such activities question one’s sportsmanship.

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Stanislav Poplavskyy was fined $10000 and served a ban for life. He accepted all charges put against him. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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