Argentinian ATP Player Suspended For Five Years For Breaches Of Anti-Corruption Program

Argentinian ATP Player Suspended For Five Years For Breaches Of Anti-Corruption Program

by Nurein Ahmed

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has suspended Eduardo Agustin Torre for five years after he was found liable for violating the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.

Agustin Torre had a career-high ranking of World No. 596 on the ATP Tour in singles and No. 470 in doubles. He was linked to a match-fixing syndicate in Belgium that led to the arrest of ringleader Grigor Sargsyan in Brussels last year.

Agustin Torre, 29, has played on the lower tiers of men's tennis but last featured in the 2018 season. In a statement, the ITIA noted that charges against the Argentine were related to offenses from 2017, but the case was withheld until after the conclusion of criminal proceedings.

Multiple tennis players connected to Sargsyan have since been sanctioned heavily by the ITIA in the last six months, with some getting lifetime bans from the sport.

In Agustin Torre's case, he was at liberty to contest the charges but did not do so. As a result, an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer ruled on the case and fined him $35,000 for a whopping 35 breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.

The verdict is now final, and he can no longer proceed to appeal. This means that he accepted the sanction and was liable for the charges levied against him.

The 29-year-old's offenses included facilitating betting on tennis matches, manipulating matches to influence a player’s best efforts, and intentionally failing to report corruption approaches to tennis authorities.

Agustin Torre's five-year suspension will start on 26 April 2024, the initial date of the decision, and run until 25 April 2029, when he will be 34.

All players suspended for violating the Tennis Anti-Doping Program (TADP) and the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) are not eligible to play, coach, or attend any ATP or WTA tournaments sanctioned by the members of the ITIA, including Grand Slams.


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