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Swedish tennis player faces suspension over corruption

| By Robert Fletcher
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has provisionally suspended Swedish tennis player Dragos Nicolae Madaras for breaching anti-corruption rules.
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Madaras has been prohibited from competing in or attending sanctioned tennis events since 17 August this year. This is in relation to concerns raised over the player’s conduct.

The ITIA says Madaras will now serve a provisional suspension, pending full consideration of Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) charges.

Full details of the charges are not available but the ITIA says the case relates to Section F.3.b.i.1 of the TACP.  This section references how a covered person has failed to “comply with a demand”.

Madaras lodged an appeal against the provisional suspension, but this has been dismissed. As such, the ITIA’s decision to impose the suspension remains.

Romanian-born Madaras, who switched nationality to Sweden in 2016, has a career-high ATP singles ranking of 191, achieved in 2022. He also has a career-high ATP double ranking of 481, which came in May last year.

The 26-year-old last competed at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Bosnia and Herzegovina in August. He also played at this year’s edition of Wimbledon in London.

Other tennis players face corruption charges

The news comes following a similar announcement from the ITIA on Maxence Broville. The French player was also handed a provisional suspension for breaching anti-corruption rules.

Broville was suspended in relation to Sections F.3.b.i.1 and F.3.b.i.4 of the TACP.  The latter of these states there is a likelihood the player is guilty of a “major offence”. No further details have been made public.

Other tennis players have also been charged with corruption offences in recent months. French player Alexis Musialek faces a ban from tennis for life for match-fixing offences.

in August, the ITIA provisionally suspended Timur Khabibulin, Sanjar Fayziev and Igor Smilansky for match-fixing.

Earlier in the year, Nastja Kolar and Alexandra Riley were given lifetime bans for multiple breaches of TACP. The offences were related to match-fixing and took place between 2015 and 2020. 

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