ITIA Fines Philippoussis Over Betting Sponsorship Rules Breach
Tennis professional coach and two-time Grand Slam final runner-up Mark Philippoussis has been fined $10,000 and given a suspended four-month ban by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) for breaching tennis betting sponsorship regulations.
According to the ITIA, Philippoussis was charged and sanctioned after he received a payment for providing a voiceover for promotional content for a gambling operator.
Under Section D.1.b of the 2022 TACP rules, "No Covered Person shall directly or indirectly, facilitate, encourage and/or promote Tennis Betting ('Facilitation')."
Being an accredited coach, Philippoussis falls under the category of a "Covered Person," which entails being bound by the sport and gaming regulations concerning interactions with betting operators.
As a sport, tennis has decided that accredited individuals should not have commercial relationships with betting companies. Whilst the case is clearly not one of corruption, it is a rule that players, coaches, and others in the sport need to be aware of. Our message to players and others covered by the TACP is that you can always talk to us if you are unsure of any rules or are seeking clarity on any potential commercial arrangement.
Philippoussis Cooperates Fully
The ITIA also stated that the former top-10 ATP singles player did not contest the charge and cooperated fully with the investigation.
Philippoussis' suspension will not come into force unless he commits a further violation of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) during the four-month period, which started on 21 July 2023.
The Australian will have to exercise caution while pursuing his coaching career, having recently made valuable contributions to the development of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari.
Karen added, "Preventing a breach before it occurs is always our preferred course of action, and players or covered persons can contact us at any time via our app, our social media accounts, or the contact form on our website."
Established by the International Governing Bodies of Tennis, ITIA aims to foster, promote, enhance, and preserve the integrity of professional tennis on a global scale.