The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has taken action against Bosnian official Damjan Dejanovic in connection with pending corruption charges. Dejanovic has been provisionally suspended for alleged violations of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) since 8 January. As a result, he is prohibited from participating in or attending professional tennis events, whether they are sanctioned by ITIA members or national associations.
The specific nature of the charges against Dejanovic has not been disclosed by the ITIA, but they are said to be in violation of Section F.3.b.i.4 of the TACP, which pertains to conduct that undermines the integrity of tennis. Dejanovic has not appealed the suspension and will remain prohibited from officiating in tennis events until the ITIA completes its investigation.
Dejanovic is just the latest individual to face suspension by the ITIA. Earlier in the month, Bulgarian official Stefan Milanov was banned for 16 years after being found guilty of a series of corruption offenses related to matches he officiated in 2021. Such activities included manipulating scoring data to facilitate betting by others.
Moreover, the ITIA has been cracking down on players with ties to a criminal case involving match-fixing in Belgium. This collaboration with Belgian authorities led to the sentencing of syndicate leader Grigor Sargsyan to five years in prison and the initial banning of 16 players implicated in the case.
Among those players is Leny Mitjana, a French tennis player who received a 10-year ban for corruption and match-fixing offenses. Tunisian player Anis Ghorbel also received a three-year ban for his involvement in match-fixing from 2016 to 2017, although he denies the charges. The ITIA did not confirm whether Dejanovic’s suspension is connected to the same ongoing case.
The recent spate of suspensions and bans issued by the ITIA underscores the agency’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of professional tennis and rooting out corruption at all levels of the sport.