French tennis player banned for match-fixing following ‘multiple breaches’

Shahida Jacobs
Baptiste Crepatte at the net
Baptiste Crepatte at the net

Former world No 276 Baptiste Crepatte has been banned from competing at ATP Tour and ITF-sanctioned tournaments after he was found guilty of match-fixing by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).

Crepatte has been hit by a three-year ban for multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) rules, according to the ITIA.

The 29-year-old contested the charges, but the independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Professor Richard McLaren upheld charges brought by the ITIA relating to Corruption Offenses under Sections D.1.b., D.1.d. and D.2.a.i. of the 2018 TACP.

AHO McLaren found that Crepatte breached the TACP seven times across three matches – “including contriving the outcome or any other aspect of two Events, directly or indirectly facilitating Tennis Betting, and failing to report corrupt approaches to the ITIA”.

Crepatte’s ban will run until 19 April 2026 and he will be prohibited from playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis.

The Frenchman, reached a career-high of No 276 in the ATP Rankings in 2019, has also been hit with a $15,000 fine.

The TACP breached by Crepatte:

D.1.b. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any other person to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition. For the avoidance of doubt, to solicit or facilitate to wager shall include, but not be limited to: display of live tennis betting odds on a Covered Person website; writing articles for a tennis betting publication or website; conducting personal appearances for a tennis betting company or any other company or entity directly affiliated with a tennis betting company; and appearing in commercials encouraging others to bet on tennis.

D.1.d. No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.

D.2.a.i. In the event any Player is approached by any person who offers or provides any type of money, benefit or Consideration to a Player to (i) influence the outcome or any other aspect of any Event, or (ii) provide Inside Information, it shall be the Player’s obligation to report such incident to the TIU as soon as possible.

The ITIA is an independent body established by the International Governing Bodies of Tennis to promote, encourage, enhance, and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.

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