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
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 2013. His
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.