The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has imposed a 16-year ban on Stefan Milanov, a Bulgarian official, after he was found guilty of multiple corruption offenses. Milanov was charged with 17 breaches of the ITIA Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) related to five tennis matches that he umpired in 2021. The charges include facilitating others to wager on the outcome of an event, delaying or manipulating entry of scoring data, attempting, agreeing, or conspiring to commit corruption offenses, and failure to cooperate with investigations.
Milanov, a national-level official, did not respond to the charges, effectively admitting liability for all charges and agreeing to the sanctions. The ban covers all tennis events authorized or sanctioned by ITIA members, and he must also pay a fine of $75,000. This ban comes after Milanov served a six-month suspension in 2022 for betting offenses. During this time, he admitted to all breaches identified by the ITIA, including placing bets on tennis matches, including one where he was officiating.
In a separate case, the ITIA also banned French tennis player Leny Mitjana for 10 years after finding him guilty of corruption and match-fixing offenses. Mitjana, who had a career-high world singles ranking of 458 in 2018, denied the charges. This case was linked to a concluded criminal case involving a match-fixing syndicate in Belgium, with the syndicate leader, Grigor Sargsyan, recently convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.
In total, the ITIA has banned 21 players and officials in the last three months related to the same case. These actions demonstrate ITIA’s commitment to upholding integrity in the sport and taking strong measures against individuals found guilty of corruption and match-fixing.