Leny Mitjana, a French tennis player, has been banned for 10 years by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) after being found guilty of corruption and match-fixing offenses. The ruling stated that Mitjana violated the ITIA Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) 11 times, resulting in his ban from professional tennis until December 2033.

Mitjana, who reached a career-high world singles ranking of 458 in 2018, denied all charges related to match-fixing and corruption. The offenses took place in 2017 and 2018, with the Frenchman found in breach of various sections of the TACP, including facilitating wagering, contriving match outcomes, influencing other players, and failing to report corrupt approaches.

The ban took effect on December 22, 2023, meaning Mitjana cannot participate in, coach, or attend any professional tennis event until December 21, 2033, including those authorized or sanctioned by the ITIA or any national association.

This case is connected to a larger issue involving a match-fixing syndicate in Belgium. The syndicate’s leader, Grigor Sargsyan, was recently convicted and sentenced to five years in prison as a result of a joint effort between the ITIA and Belgian authorities. Sargsyan is reported to have built a network of over 180 tennis players across five continents, earning him the label of “the man who built the biggest match-fixing ring in tennis” by the Washington Post.

In the last three months, a total of 21 players and officials have been banned by the ITIA, with the crackdown beginning after Sargsyan’s conviction in November. Sixteen players were initially banned in November 2023. This comes as part of ongoing efforts to address corruption and match-fixing within the sport.

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