Monday 15 August 2022

Dutch tennis coach banned for 12 years for match fixing

Tennis racket and balls.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has confirmed that Dutch tennis coach Max Wenders has been banned from the sport for 12 years after admitting multiple match fixing charges.

Wenders, 26, also admitted destroying evidence requested by the ITIA and failing to report a corrupt approach, the agency said on Wednesday.

Wenders, who comes from Brunssum in Limburg, has also been ordered to pay a fine of $12,000, or €11,830.

The ban means that Wenders cannot play in, coach at or attend any tennis event authorised by the sport’s governing bodies until April 2033.

Wenders has admitted breaching four of the ITIA’s rules, the ITIA said. The agency did not say when or where the alleged conduct happened, nor did it name any players.

Wenders has worked professionally with a number of players on the WTA circuit and was said to be dating US player Sofia Kenin for a time in 2021.

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