French tennis player Maxence Broville, who reached the best ranking of spot No.708 in the WTA ranking in 2023, has been banned for 7 years on match-fixing charges for failing to cooperate with an ITIA investigation.
The French tennis player was also fined $5,000. The match-fixing charges against him date back to 2017 and 2018. Broville was held responsible for violations of points F.2.b and F.2.d of the TACP, which concern failure to cooperate with an ITIA investigation, including refusing to have personal devices tested when ITIA investigators requested it in writing.
Allegations denied by Broville, who was sentenced to a 7-year suspension during the hearing on 5 January 2024 before the independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Charles Hollander.
Broville has been provisionally suspended since June 20, 2023, so his disqualification will end on June 19, 2030. During the period of ineligibility, the player is prohibited from playing, coaching or participating in any tennis event sanctioned or sanctioned by members of the ITIA (ATP, ITF, WTA, Tennis Australia, French Tennis Federation, Wimbledon and USTA) or by any national association.
The rotten side of sport: what led to Broville’s ban?
In tennis there are cases of match-fixing, rounds of betting that compromise the essence of the game. In recent years the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), an independent body established by its members to promote, encourage, improve and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis throughout the world, has often exposed some rounds of match-fixing involving tennis players of the ATP circuit.
The most important case is the one that led to the disqualification of a group of players led by Master Sargsyan, an Armenian who had created the largest empire of combined matches in the history of tennis.
Among the most well-known players, however, the Russian Aslan Karatsev and the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili were also investigated in 2022 for some suspicious matches, in unhappy moments of their careers.