The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that Peruvian tennis player Mauricio Echazu has been banned from tennis for two years and three months. The player was found to have breached the rules of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).
Mr Echazu, who had a career high ATP singles ranking of 379 admitted to having contrived or attempted to contrive the outcome of a tennis match and receiving money to impact the result of a match.
The case was ruled on by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Raj Parker and the sanction means that the player is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by any international tennis governing body or national association for the length of his ban.
The ban runs from the date of the player’s provisional suspension which began on 6 August 2021 until 5 November 2023. In addition, the player was fined $10,000 with $8,000 suspended providing there are no further breaches of the TACP.
The breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program rules that Echazu was found guilty of were:
Section D.1.d of the 2018 TACP: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome of any other aspect of any Event.”
Section D.1.f of the 2018 TACP: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept any money, benefit or Consideration with the intention of negatively influencing a Player's best efforts in any Event.”
The ITIA is an independent body established by the International Governing Bodies of Tennis to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.
Published 07 January 2022 16:00