The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has issued Barbora Palcatova with a three-year ban with 15 months suspended
UK.- Slovakian tennis player Barbora Palcatova has received a three-year ban, with 15 months suspended, following an International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) investigation into match-fixing allegations.
She’s the 10th player to receive a ban from the ITIA for match fixing this year alone.
The ITIA found that Palcatova had breached Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) rules that state that no person shall contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of a tennis event.
She is now prohibited from competing in, or attending, tennis events authorised or sanctioned by governing bodies such as WTA and ITF.
Palcatova, who has an International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles ranking of 1685 and a doubles ranking of 1046, was also issued with a $5,000 fine, of which $3,500 was suspended.
Spate of sanctions for match fixing in tennis
The ITIA, which was formerly known as the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), has issued a series of bans for match fixing since it rebranded in January.
In March, Nigerian players Abiodun Oyegoke and Bukola Popoola were banned for life, while last week Venezuela’s Roberto Maytín was banned for 14 years.
In December, the Tennis Integrity Unit banned French line judge David Rocher for 18 months for betting on matches.