Two US tennis coaches have been fined by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) for breaching tennis betting sponsorship rules.
Established by the International Governing Bodies of Tennis, the ITIA is an independent body that promotes, encourages, enhances, and safeguards the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.
Bob Bryan and Mardy Fish have both been issued with $10,000 fines and suspended four-month bans for promoting a gaming operator on their social media accounts.
Both coaches cooperated fully with the ITIA during their investigation and the infringing social media posts were removed immediately.
The suspended bans won’t come into force unless another breach takes place during the four-month period, which began on November 11.
Since Bryan and Fish are part of the 2022 US Davis Cup coaching team, meaning they are considered “covered persons” and are therefore subject to the sport’s rules around relationships with betting operators.
Section D.1.b of the 2022 Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) rules states: “No Covered Person shall directly or indirectly, facilitate, encourage and/or promote Tennis Betting (‘Facilitation’).”
Both coaches will also work with the ITIA in their education and prevention initiatives to highlight the importance of integrity in the game.