The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has taken action against four officials who have been found guilty of corruption offenses in the sport. Edvinas Grigaitis, Givi Khudoiani, Arsen Movsisyan, and Manuel Sperger have all been handed lengthy bans for their involvement in match-fixing and other corrupt activities.
Manuel Sperger, an Austrian official, received a seven-and-a-half-year ban, effective from December 18, 2023, until June 17, 2031, for admitting to manipulating scores in 2016 and 2017 for betting purposes. He was also fined $25,000 with $18,750 suspended. Sperger was charged with 12 offences under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) for manipulating scoring data for betting and facilitating wagering.
Similarly, Grigaitis, a national-level official from Lithuania, was suspended for three years due to four breaches of the TACP, including delaying or manipulating scoring data for betting purposes and wagering on tennis matches he was not involved in. His suspension runs from December 15, 2023, to December 14, 2026.
Meanwhile, Khudoiani and Movsisyan, national-level officials from Georgia and Armenia respectively, were found to have collaborated on a scheme to manipulate scoring data for betting purposes. Khudoiani committed 15 TACP breaches and was given a 14-year ban and $25,000 fine, while Movsisyan was banned for five years. Both have been provisionally suspended since July 14, 2021.
These officials are prohibited from officiating at or attending any tennis event sanctioned by the members of the ITIA during their suspensions. The latest bans come after a spate of lengthy bans in November 2023 related to a Belgian match-fixing syndicate led by Grigor Sargsyan. This resulted in the conviction of Sargsyan, who was handed a five-year custodial sentence. In total, the ITIA has banned 20 players and officials in the last three months, signaling a strong stance against corruption in tennis.