Tennis Integrity Unit issues life bans to three chair umpires

Three tennis chair umpires have been banned for life from officiating at or attending any professional tennis events, after being found guilty of match-fixing and betting offences.

Announced by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the trio in question, Anucha Tongplew, Apisit Promchai and Chitchai Srililai, admitted to betting on tennis matches at ITF Futures tournaments held in 2017, as part of which they were carrying out their duties as chair umpires.

It was also detailed that they had manipulated scores inputted into the official scoring system, for betting-related purposes and personal profit.

The lifetime bans apply with immediate effect, and prohibit each individual from ever officiating at, or attending, any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.

The case was adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Charles Hollander QC, following an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The TIU also outlined the breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program that were committed by each party, as being as follows:

  • Section D.1.a: “No covered person shall, directly or indirectly, wager or attempt to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any event or any other tennis competition.”
  • Section D.1.b: “No covered person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any other person to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any event or any other tennis competition. For the avoidance of doubt, to solicit or facilitate to wager shall include, but not be limited to: display of live tennis betting odds on a covered person website; writing articles for a tennis betting publication or website; conducting personal appearances for a tennis betting company; and appearing in commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis.”
  • Section D.1.d: “No covered person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event.”