US Davis Cup duo fined and given suspended bans for promoting gambling

Mardy Fish at Davis Cup Credit: Alamy

US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish and coach Bob Bryan have been fined and suspended after violating International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) betting sponsorship rules.

Former world No. 7 Fish and former world No. 1 men’s doubles and 23-time Grand Slam doubles champion Bryan promoted a gambling operator on social media during this year’s US Open, which va against the anti-corruption rules of tennis.

While not current tennis players, the two are considered “covered persons” as they are part of the United States Davis Cup team and are not allowed to directly or indirectly promote or encourage others to bet on tennis.

The ITIA confirmed that “both people cooperated fully with the ITIA investigation and removed the posts immediately,” but the pair were each fined $10,000 and also given four-month suspensions for violating the rules. sports betting sponsorship.

A statement on the ITIA website read: “The suspensions do not go into effect unless there is a further violation during the four-month period, which began November 11, 2022.

“Both had been accredited as part of the 2022 US Davis Cup coaching team, which means they are considered ‘covered persons’ and subject to the sport’s rules on dealing with betting operators. Fish and Bryan have also agreed to partner with ITIA to assist with education and prevention initiatives to highlight the importance of integrity in play.”

The US Tennis Association (USTA) has given its full support to Fish – who has been captain of the US Davis Cup since January 2019 – and Bryan, saying the pair were not aware they had violated any protocols.

“The USTA is aware of the fines imposed by the ITIA on Mardy Fish and Bob Bryan. Both Mardy and Bob have our full support,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “

“As stated by the ITIA, neither was aware that their actions constituted a violation of the protocols in any way and, when informed, immediately and fully cooperated with the ITIA throughout the remainder of the process .

“Mardy and Bob have dedicated so much of their lives to representing and supporting U.S. tennis and we are grateful for their continued commitment to growing the game across the country.”

Fish and the United States were knocked out of the Davis Cup in the quarterfinals in Malaga, Spain last week as the 32 winners lost 2-1 against Italy.

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