On May 5, 2020, Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), the organisation responsible for investigating match-fixing in tennis, has banned Egyptian tennis player Youssef Hossam (21) for life after being involved in a number of match-fixing and corruption cases.Key Points:
i.The TIU found in its investigation that Hossam had violated the anti-corruption rules related to (Section D.1.b, Section D.1.d, Section D.1.e, Section D.2.a.i and Section F.2.b) 21 times between 2015 and 2019. It includes,
- 8 cases of match-fixing
- 6 cases of facilitating gambling
- 2 cases of soliciting other players not to use best efforts
- 3 failures to report corrupt approaches
- 2 failures to co-operate with a TIU investigation.
ii. Hossam is currently ranked No. 820 in the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) singles rankings and reached number 291 in December 2017, his career-best ranking. Following the investigation, now he has been permanently ejected from competing in or attending any sanctioned tennis event.
About The Tennis Integrity Unit:
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom (UK)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Jonny Gray
It is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association), who are jointly committed to a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.