Three tennis players have been disqualified for their involvement in match-fixing
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has disqualified three professional tennis players for their involvement in match-fixing.
Timur Khabibulin from Kazakhstan, Sanjar Fayziev from Uzbekistan, and Igor Smilansky from Israel have been disqualified for their role in organizing match-fixing.
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According to ITIA, the investigation has proven that each player violated its tennis anti-corruption program.
Fayziev has been disqualified for three years and six months and will pay a fine of $15,000.
Smilansky will serve a two-year suspension and pay a fine of $4,000.
Khabibulin has been banned for life from the sport and is also required to pay a fine of $60,000.
The sanctions will be effective from the date of the players' temporary suspension from competition on July 25, 2023. This means that Fayziev will be disqualified until July 24, 2026, and Smilansky until July 24, 2025.
Fayziev and Smilansky are prohibited from playing, coaching, or attending events sanctioned by ITIA, including ATP, ITF, WTA, the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the US Open.