After he was found to have violated the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) on several occasions, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) handed a lifetime ban and a $100,000 fine to Algerian tennis player Aymen Ikhlef.
It was discovered after a TIU inquiry that Ikhlef breached sections ‘D.1.d’,’ D.1.e’ and ‘D.2.a.i’ of the 2016 TACP, as well as section F.2.b / D.2.c of the 2017 TACP.
Four cases of match fixing, two instances of asking other players not to use their best efforts, three instances of failing to report a dishonest method and one charge of failure to comply with the TIU investigation were found guilty.
As a consequence, Ikhlef is ‘permanently prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis’.
The penalty of Ikhlef is the TIU’s latest crackdown on violations of tennis credibility. Last week, after he was found to have made bets on 11 tennis matches between January and October 2019 and refused to comply with the TIU inquiry, French line umpire David Rocher was barred from officiating.
Rocher accepted betting on the 11 matches yet denied he did not comply with the TIU.