The ITIA has banned tennis umpire Morales Churata for six years for match fixing, whereas French authorities have cleared a Russian participant arrested for a similar crime over two years in the past. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
The worldwide tennis world has this week served up a bittersweet pair of match-fixing headline-makers, involving a score-rigging Bolivian umpire and a Russian doubles participant arrested on the courtroom.
On Thursday, the Worldwide Tennis Integrity Company (ITIA) hit chair umpire Heriberto Morales Churata with a six-year ban for match-fixing, additionally fining him $10,000. The Worldwide Betting Integrity Company took to Twitter to share the ban:
The ITIA confirmed that Churata’s little scheme concerned a handheld system the inexperienced badge official used at 2021 and 2022 ITF World Tennis Tour occasions. He would manipulate scores for betting functions by incorrectly getting into them into the system.
police arrested Russian doubles participant Yana Sizikova on the 2021 French Open
At across the similar time that Churata was fiddling scores, police arrested Russian doubles participant Yana Sizikova on the 2021 French Open. It was a part of one other match-fixing probe, this time by the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Workplace. Parisian police launched Sizikova the following day, and he or she’s been competing on the Girls’s Tennis Affiliation Tour since.
The bittersweet ending to this explicit tennis story is that on Thursday Sizikova’s lawyer confirmed that Paris Public Prosecutor’s Workplace had “definitively closed the case on 11 April 2023.” The ranked fiftieth doubles participant was cleared of match-fixing – two-and-a-half years after her preliminary arrest.