The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has reported that two players had their application rejected for lifting a temporary suspension.
Bulgarian tennis player Aleksandrina Naydenova and Spanish tennis player Enrique López Pérez both applied on 27 December 2019 and 19 December 2019 respectively to lift temporary suspensions.
Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard McLaren has refused both applications, ensuring that both players will not be permitted to participate in or attend any official tennis event organised or approved by the sport’s governing bodies.
Due to limitations in place at the time of both temporary suspensions, Prof McLaren ‘s initial decisions were not published publicly.
Both players have been suspended following a TIU inquiry into suspected Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) violations.
Citing Section 3 of the TACP, an individual may face a provisional suspension if ‘there is a likelihood’ that the person has committed an offence of corruption, the dignity of tennis is compromised or ‘the harm resulting from the absence of a Provisional Suspension outweighs the hardship of the Provisional Suspension on the covered person.’