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ITIA suspends French tennis player Broville over anti-corruption rules breach

| By Robert Fletcher
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has suspended French player Maxence Broville for seven years after he failed to co-operate with an anti-corruption investigation.
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Broville was handed a provisional suspension by the ITIA in June last year in relation to the anti-corruption case. He has not been able to compete in or attend any sanctioned tennis events since 20 June 2023.

The case relates to charges of match-fixing in in 2017 and 2018. Broville, who held a career-high world singles ranking of 708 in 2023, denies these charges.

According to the ITIA, Broville did not co-operate with its investigation. He also refused to submit personal devices for examination when asked to do so as part of the probe. These are in breach of F.2.b and F.2.d of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP).

The ITIA has now elected to proceed with a full suspension, with Broville also ordered to pay a €5,000 (£3,982/€4,650) fine. This will include time served under the provisional suspension, meaning Broville cannot play professionally again until 19 June 2030.

Tennis suspensions continue to mount up 

Confirmation of Broville’s suspension is the latest sanction from the ITIA in recent weeks and months.

Last week, Bosnian official Damjan Dejanovic was provisionally suspended in relation to pending corruption charges. The ITIA also banned Bulgarian official Stefan Milanov for 16 years after he was found guilty of corruption offences.

Meanwhile, the ITIA has handed out bans and suspensions to players over links to a criminal case over a wider match-fixing case in Belgium. Collaboration between the ITIA and Belgian authorities led to a five-year custodial sentence for syndicate leader Grigor Sargsyan.

An initial 16 players were banned during Sargsyan’s conviction in November. Since then, the ITIA has taken similar action against other tennis players.

These include French player Leny Mitjanam who was banned for 10 years after being found guilty of corruption and match-fixing offences. Tunisian player Anis Ghorbel was also banned for three years over his role in fixing matches in 2016 and 2017.

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