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Critics Of The Tennis Integrity Unit Are Wondering, “What Are You Doing?”






Critics of the Tennis Integrity Unit maintain the absence of a top level prosecution after almost six years of the body’s existence puts a question mark over its’ effectiveness. Others will say the level of vigilance down to the lower levels of the game sends a message that no player can contemplate getting involved in corruption and expect to maintain playing career.

Now Russian Andrey Kumantsov joins a role of shame after the work of the TIU has resulted in the 27 year-old being been banned from tennis for life after being found guilty of multiple offenses under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.

Kumantsov had the relative book thrown at him after being found guilty of 12 charges under Article D.1 of the Program in a case based on the findings of a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation.

The right-hander is hardly a household name, his highest rankings on the ATP World Tour coming nearly four years ago when he reached world no.237 at doubles on August 30, 2010 and a fortnight later peaked at world no.261 at singles.

Because of ongoing TIU investigations , Kumantsov has not played competitively since reaching the quarterfinals of an Italian Futures tournament at Pozzuoli more than 13 months ago. His last appearance on the main ATP World Tour came in September 2012 when he qualified for the main draw at St Petersburg and then retired when leading 6-3,5-3 against Estonia’s Jurgen Zopp.

Kumantsov made a total of $103,856 in prize money from his career that began professionally in 2009 although the violations for which he has been disciplined occurred between 2010 and 2013His hearing was held in London on June 2 under the supervision of Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Richard H. McLaren.

According to the TIU statement, Kumantsov was found guilty of offenses under Article D.1 of the 2010, 2011 and 2013 editions of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.

According to the TIU, Kumantsov’s lifetime ban applies with immediate effect and means he is not eligible to participate in or attend any tournament or competition organized or sanctioned by the governing bodies of professional tennis.


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