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Tennis Player Handed a Five-Year Ban for Betting Breaches

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Following an investigation by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), the independent body charged with safeguarding the integrity of tennis, the Romanian tennis player Petu-Alexandru Luncanu has been found guilty of match-fixing and handed a five-year ban.

Luncanu was found to have breached ITIA's betting rules from the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP). It was found that the rules were broken by the player on multiple occasions during a four period from 2017 to 2021. He wagered or participated in a wagering group to fix matches he was playing in.

Raj Parker, an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO), oversaw the case against Luncanu and found the 34-year tennis player was guilty of five of the seven breaches he was alleged to have committed.

Parker added another charge against Luncanu, as he believed the player did not cooperate with last year’s investigation carried out by the ITIA. This is because Petu-Alexandru who denied all charges would not assist investigators from the ITIA and did not supply his mobile phone for interrogation.

Details of the five-year ban for the tennis player are that Luncanu is banned from playing in tennis matches, tennis coaching, or attending any tennis event run by the governing bodies of tennis. The tennis player was also hit with a financial penalty in the form of a $40,000 fine.

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