Tennis - Nigerian tennis player Henry Atseye has been provisionally suspended from tennis by the independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof. Richard McLaren with effect from 10 May 2019. According to the Tennis Integrity Unit, the suspension relates to an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) into alleged breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.
As per the terms of the provisional suspension, Mr Atseye will be ineligible to compete in or attend any sanctioned event organized or recognised by the sport's governing bodies. 30-year-old Atseye is currently ranked No.
1928 as per the ITF World Tennis singles rankings. The aim of the initiative is to have a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis. As per their website, the TIU covers professional tennis around the world and is responsible for enforcing the sport’s zero-tolerance policy on betting-related corruption.
The TIU is an operationally independent organisation based out of London, UK. It is funded by the sport's major stakeholders – the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and WTA Tours, and the four Grand Slams - the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
This is the 10th sanction against players by the Tennis Integrity Unit this season. The Unit was established in 2008 and currently has 17 full-time members as their headcount. As per their report for the first quarter of 2019, the TIU received a total of 21 match alerts, 20 of which relate to the ATP Challenger and ITF World Tennis Tour (WTT) circuits. This is the lowest quarterly figure since 2015, the first year in which the data was made publicly available.