The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) handed the Greek tournament director Antonis Kalaitzakis a 20-month suspension and $6,000 fine after admitting to the TIU he had been ‘betting on tennis and failing to report knowledge of, or suspicion of corruption.’
The suspension follows on from an investigation that found that Kalaitzakis used online betting accounts between 2013 and 2016 to place 127 bets on tennis.
Four months of his suspension and $3,000 of the penalty were suspended ‘on the condition that no further infringements are committed by the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).
Kalaitzakis will also be barred from taking part in or attending any tennis event allowed or sanctioned by the tennis governing bodies for a 16 month span.
Following a disciplinary case, adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy QC, Kalaitzakis was found to be in violation of TACP guidelines Section D.1.a and Section D.2.b.ii.
Section D.1.a forbids any official of tennis from wagering ‘on the outcome or any other part of any event or other tennis competition’ explicitly and indirectly.
While Section D.2.b.ii states that ‘in the event any related person or tournament support person person knows or suspects that any covered person or other individual has committed a corruption offense, it shall be the related person’s or tournament support person’s obligation to report such knowledge or suspicions to the TIU as soon as possible.’