The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) today confirms that Spanish tennis player Aaron Cortes has been suspended for a period of 15 years after admitting to 35 breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).  

Following a thorough investigation conducted by the ITIA and law enforcement, Cortes, who reached a career-high world singles ranking of 955 in September 2017, admitted to 35 breaches of the TACP between 2016 and 2018, including contriving the outcome of events, accepting money to contrive the outcome of events, failure to report corrupt approaches, wagering on tennis, and providing money to tournament officials in exchange for a wild card. The player has been fined $75,000, of which $56,250 is suspended.  

29-year-old Cortes co-operated fully with the ITIA investigation and accepted an agreed sanction, waiving their right to a hearing before an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer. The player’s period of ineligibility began on 27 March 2024 and ends at midnight on 26 March 2039.   

During the period of ineligibility, Cortes is prohibited from playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the members of the ITIA (ATP, ITF, WTA, Tennis Australia, Fédération Française de Tennis, Wimbledon and USTA) or any national association.   

The ITIA is an independent body established by its tennis members to promote, encourage, enhance, and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.   


Published 09 April 2024 14:00

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