Romanian Tennis Player Luncanu Banned for Five Years for Match-fixing

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The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has confirmed that Petru-Alexandru Luncanu, a 34-year-old tennis player from Romania, has been suspended from the sport for five years after multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP).

The case was considered by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Raj Parker, who upheld five of seven charges brought by the ITIA for match-fixing activity in 2017 and 2021, as well as an additional charge of failing to co-operate fully with the ITIA’s investigation in 2022.

It was determined by AHO Parker that Luncanu, who reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of 304 in 2009, had breached the TACP by contriving the outcome or any other aspect of several matches, and directly or indirectly facilitating tennis wagering.

AHO Parker also found that the Player failed to co-operate fully with the ITIA investigation by withdrawing consent for their mobile phone to be analysed when requested by an ITIA investigator.

Luncanu, who denied all of the charges, will be prohibited from playing in, coaching at or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis until 8 June 2028. The Player has also been fined $40,000.

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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