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Friday 07, Jul 2017

  British Tennis Player Dan Evans Suspended

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British world number 50 Dan Evans has received a provisional suspension from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after he tested positive for cocaine.

The 27-year-old,  who reached the last 16 of the 2017 Australian Open (a career best in grand slams), provided a positive sample when he was tested during the Barcelona Open in April. The ITF announced Evans will be banned with effect from June 26 “pending determination of the case”.

Evans remarked this is a very difficult time for him. The tennis player said he was notified a few days ago that he had failed a drugs test in April where he tested positive for cocaine. The disgraced tennis player said it is really important for everyone to know that he took cocaine out of competition and the context was completely unrelated to tennis.

Known as one of tennis’ bad boys, Evans is likely to face a possible ban of two years. He was caught at a nightclub in 2008 until the early hours with doubles partner Daniel Smethurst on the night before their junior doubles match at Wimbledon. As a result, Evans was stripped of all Lawn Tennis Association funding and support for a period of four months. In 2012, he was stripped of his Lawn Tennis Association funding again after he allegedly showed a bad attitude and lacking commitment. In March 2015, Dan Evans was fined after he failed to turn up for a Futures event on the Wirral.

In 2007, Martina Hingis tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon. She was subsequently suspended for two years. In 2009, Richard Gasquet received the same suspension but it was later reduced after tribunal panel of the ITF ruled he had taken the substance inadvertently.

The English professional tennis player was heavily criticized by world No. 1 Andy Murray. The Olympic champion remarked Evans has let himself down and all of the people that help him. Murray also commented that he is sure his team and family will be extremely disappointed. Murray also said he had spent a reasonable amount of time with Dan over the last couple of years and added Evans had put himself in a position to do really well for the last few years of his career and he has blown that now. The world No. 1 also said it was looking like this was going to be the best few years of his career and he had got himself into a position to play in all the big events. Murray went on to comment that Dan has made poor decisions in the past and he made another really bad one there.

David Evans, father of the shamed tennis star, backed comments on Murray on his son. David remarked Dan has let everybody down and deserves a ban. The 62 year old electrician from Birmingham said he had followed Dan around the world to watch him play.

Ellesse, the clothing sponsor of Evans, announced it was dropping him. In a statement, the company said Evans showed great promise on the court, but it could not condone the lifestyle choices he had made.

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Friday 06, Jan 2017

  Australian Open Junior Champion Facing Match Fixing Charges

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Reigning Australian Open junior champion Oliver Anderson has became the latest tennis player to be charged with match fixing. The 18-year-old was named by the Age newspaper as being approached to throw the first set of his first-round match at the Traralgon Challenger tournament in October against Harrison Lombe, another Australian.

In the match, Anderson was broken at 4-4 in the first set after two double faults and then went on to lose the first match before returning to win the match by taking the next two sets 6-0, 6-2. Ranked number 743 in the world, Anderson lost his next match at the US$50,000 (£40,000) tournament that was played by those on the second rung of professional tennis.

It was confirmed by Victorian police that an 18-year-old man had been charged with engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome. They did not reveal the name of the player but remarked they had worked closely with bookmakers in their investigation. The “player” would appear at the Latrobe Valley magistrate’s court on 2 March.

A spokesman for the Tennis Integrity Unit said the TIU has worked closely with Victoria Police in Australia to support their investigations into alleged match fixing in tennis. The spokesman also said investigation and prosecution of corruption allegations by law enforcement agencies takes precedence over tennis disciplinary action. It was also commented that the TIU once any criminal proceedings have been concluded will continue to progress investigations under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.

A player found guilty of match-fixing by the TIU would face a sanction ranging from a suspended sentence to a $250,000 fine and a life ban.

An investigation by the Guardian last year exposed a series of problems in the lower levels of tennis. It was disclosed that six umpires had been secretly banned or suspended for taking bribes from betting syndicates in exchange for delaying the entry of live scores into their official computers. By doing this, the umpires crooked gamblers to place bets already knowing the outcome of the next point. In the last few months, a number of players have been suspended for match-fixing. This list includes world number 187 Marco Cecchinato, who was banned for 18 months and fined €40,000 (£34,000), after he was found guilty of fixing two of his matches and using confidential information for gambling. In another instance, Mexican tennis player Daniel Garza was banned for six months and given a $5,000 fine after he was found guilty of a match-fixing charge.

Tennis Australia’s chief anti-corruption officer said she is disappointed to learn that the young Australian player is facing match fixing charges. Ann West, head of Tennis Australia’s Integrity unit, remarked tennis had done a lot to address the problem since the tennis fixing scandal broke last year. West said we are realists, we have to continue and will increase our education opportunities with our players. The Tennis Australia’s Integrity unit’s head also remarked it is not an overnight fix for us and remarked we need to continue along education path, the intelligence gaining and the face to face interaction with our players.

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Saturday 30, Apr 2011

  Petr Korda in drug shock

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Petr Korda in drug shock The Australian Open Champion, Petr Korda, was stripped of the prize-money and world ranking points he accrued at Wimbledon.

The punishment was handed over to Korda after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) was, however, of the view that the tennis player did not know he had taken the relevant substance.

Wednesday 06, Apr 2011

  Beck Wants To Surprise Andy Murray

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Beck Wants To Surprise Andy Murray Karol Beck of Slovakia who was suspended for a period of two years after taking performance enhancing drugs five years ago, drew the fifth seed in the first round of Australia Open and will meet Britain’s Andy Murray.

Beck was a finalist in St. Petersburg six years ago and reached the doubles final with the Czech David Skoch at Queen’s last year.

 

“I know I can beat the good guys,” says Beck.

Monday 13, Dec 2010

  Gasquet escapes ban over positive cocaine test

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Gasquet escapes ban over positive cocaine testRichard Gasquet who was about to face a two-year ban from ITF and WADA has escaped ban and will now be free to play in next month’s Australian Open. This was after International Tennis Federation and World Anti-Doping Agency failed in their appeal against a decision to overturn a ban Gasquet had received for testing positive for cocaine.

The ruling means that Gasquet will continue with his preparations for the opening grand slam of the 2010 season.