Nigerian tennis player suspended for match-fixing

The Tennis Integrity Unit has suspended Nigerian tennis player Loveth Donatus from the sport for two years and fined her $5,000 after being found guilty of match-fixing and associated offences.

According a report made by Tennis World, the 26-year-old Donatus is unranked and accepted a financial inducement from a third party to lose a match at the ITF $10K event in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in August 2016.

The reports added that one year of the ban and the full amount of the fine are suspended on the proviso that she commits no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programmme. It was noted that the Nigerian also failed to report a corrupt approach and further attempted to persuade a fellow player to deliberately under-perform, in return for payment.

The suspension is with immediate effect and she is prohibited from playing in or attending any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport, for the next 12 months. The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.

According to the TIU media release, the breaches committed by Donatus are as under – Section D.1.d: No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.