French tennis player banned for match-fixing after ‘causing significant damage’ following ‘multiple breaches’

Former world number 276 Baptiste Crepatte has been banned from participating in ATP Tour and ITF sanctioned tournaments after being found guilty of match fixing by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).

Crepatte was hit with a three-year ban for multiple violations of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) rules, which “caused significant damage to the integrity of the sport”, according to the ITIA.

The 29-year-old disputed the charges, but independent Professor Richard McLaren, Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO), confirmed the charges brought by the ITIA relating to bribery offenses under Sections D.1 .b., D.1.d. and from TACP 2018.

AHO McLaren found that Crepatte breached the TACP seven times in three matches – “including fabricating the outcome or any other aspect of two events, directly or indirectly facilitating tennis betting and failing to report corrupt approaches to ITIA”.

Crepatte’s ban will last until April 19, 2026 and he will be prohibited from playing, coaching or attending any tennis event authorized or sanctioned by the tennis governing bodies.

The Frenchman, who reached a career-high No. 276 in the ATP rankings in 2019, was also hit with a $15,000 fine.

The TACP violated by Crepatte:

D.1.b. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or assist any other person to bet on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition. For the avoidance of doubt, soliciting or facilitating a bet shall include, but not be limited to: the display of live tennis betting odds on a covered person’s website; writing articles for a tennis betting publication or website; make personal appearances for a tennis betting company or any other company or entity directly affiliated with a tennis betting company; and appearing in advertisements encouraging others to bet on tennis.

D.1.d. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, invent or attempt to imagine the outcome or any other aspect of an Event. In the event a Player is approached by anyone who offers or provides any type of money, advantage or consideration to a Player to (i) influence the outcome or any other aspect of any Event, or (ii) provide inside information, it is the player’s responsibility to report such incident to the TIU as soon as possible.

The ITIA is an independent organization created by the international governing bodies of tennis to promote, encourage, improve and protect the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.

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