ITIA bans former coach of grand slam champ for match fixing

| By Robert Fletcher
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has issued a 12-year ban to Dutch tennis coach Max Wenders after he admitted to multiple match-fixing charges.

The sanction means Wenders is prohibited from playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis with the ban effective from 28 April 2021.

Wenders had previously coached a number of WTA players, including most notably 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin.

Aside from match-fixing, Wenders also admitted to destroying evidence requested by the ITIA and failing to report a corrupt approach.

Specific breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) included Section D1.d, which says that players and coaches must not contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome, or any other aspect, of any event.

Wenders was also found in breach of Section D.1.e of the 2018 TACP, which states no individual will facilitate any player to not use his or her best efforts.

The ITIA said Wenders also failed to comply with Section D.2.b.ii, where individuals must report any incident of being offered money, benefit or consideration to influence an event to the ITIA as soon as possible.

In addition, Wenders was found in breach of Section F.2.b, which says all individuals must cooperate fully with official investigations, including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. 

The case was originally heard by anti-corruption hearing officer Professor Richard McLaren in April 2021 who ruled Wenders should also pay a fine of $12,000 (£9,854/€11,740).

Publication of the ruling was delayed following submissions from Wenders’ legal team, but this has now been lifted.

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