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German Player Drebenstedt Banned 12 Months


Dario Drebenstedt has been banned from tennis for one year and fined $5,000 for multiple violations of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program rules.

The German player's offenses all took place at a tournament in Egypt in 2021 and related to an attempt to buy a wild card and attempted corrupt approaches to other players, the International Tennis Integrity Agency announced.

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The case was ruled on by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Raj Parker and the sanction means that Drebenstedt is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorized or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis between September 21st, 2021 and September 20th, 2022.

Drebenstedt, who had a highest ITF ranking of 2,905, was found guilty of the following:

Attempted breach of Section D.1.k. of the TACP “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, offer, pay or accept any money, benefit or Consideration for the provision of a wildcard to an Event.”

Attempted breach of Section D.1.o. of the TACP “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit, facilitate or incite any other person to commit, attempt, agree or conspire to commit any Corruption Offense.”

Attempted breach of Section D.1.d. of the TACP “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.”

Two breaches of Section D.2.a.iv of the TACP “A Player shall not dissuade or prevent any other Covered Person from complying with any reporting obligation in Section D.2.”

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