Tennis Betting: Lifetime Ban for Bulgarian Umpire

Bulgarian tennis umpire Pavel Atanasov has been handed a lifetime ban on account of 21 breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). The same became effective on March 4, 2024.

This decision was taken by the Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO). A fine of $10,000 also has been imposed on the umpire. In arriving at this amount, several circumstances were considered, including the income earned as a tennis umpire, lack of evidence as to the money received in connection with corrupt practices, etc.

A notice regarding the breaches was sent by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) in October of last year. This notice contained a number of allegations, such as feeding false information into the umpires’ hand-held electronic scoring device for the benefit of third-party betters, wagering on tennis matches, and so on.

ITIA’s press release dated April 19, 2024, states that in withdrawing his appeal, Atanasov “effectively admitted liability” towards the TACP offences. The umpire has been permanently prohibited from officiating at or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the members of the ITIA or any national association.