The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has recently imposed sanctions on a French tennis player and a Bulgarian tennis official due to multiple violations of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). The ITIA announced that Leny Mitjana, the French tennis pro, has been handed a ten-year suspension and a $20,000 fine for 11 TACP violations. Mitjana, who has a career-high world singles ranking of 458, was found guilty of match-fixing efforts, facilitating wagering, contriving the outcome of matches, influencing other players, and failing to report corrupt approaches. The suspension will be effective from December 22, 2023, to December 21, 2033, during which Mitjana is prohibited from any involvement in ITIA-sanctioned tennis events.
In addition to Mitjana, Stefan Milanov, a Bulgarian tennis official, has also been suspended for 16 years and fined $75,000 for committing 17 TACP violations. Amani Khalifa, an independent anti-corruption hearing officer, found Milanov guilty of various violations related to matches he umpired in 2021, including facilitating wagering, scoring data delay or manipulation, attempts to conspire to commit a corruption offense, and failure to cooperate with the ITIA investigation. Milanov’s suspension will run from December 28, 2023, to December 27, 2039, during which he is prohibited from officiating or attending any ITIA-sanctioned tennis events.
This comes after the ITIA previously handed a 10-year suspension to the Slovenian tennis umpire Marko Ducman for violating the TACP. The ITIA’s actions underscore its commitment to maintaining the integrity of tennis and upholding a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption and match-fixing in the sport.