Tennis - Bulgarian brothers Karen and Yuri Khachatyran have been provisionally suspended by the Tennis Integrity Unit from professional tennis. The suspension was handed down by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard McLaren, with effect from 15 June 2019, according to a media release by the Tennis Integrity Unit.
The suspensions are due to breaches held by the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program and as a result of the suspensions, the brothers are ineligible to compete in or attend any event that is organized or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport, i.e.
the ATP, WTA and ITF. 24-year-old Karen Khachatyran is currently ranked No. 3021 in the ITF World Tennis singles rankings while 19-year-old Yuri Khachatyran is currently ranked No. 3126 in the ITF World Tennis singles rankings.
Khachatryan has a 0-4 record in singles on the ITF circuit and a 1-8 record in doubles on the ITF circuit. His last appearance on the circuit was in May. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Yuri has a 0-5 record in singles and a 1-21 record in doubles on the ITF circuit and his last appearance on the ITC circuit was in early June.
The Tennis Integrity Unit has handed out more than 16 suspensions since the beginning of January this year. As per their website, The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) is the anti-corruption body covering all professional tennis around the world.
It is responsible for enforcing the sport’s zero-tolerance policy on betting-related corruption - preventing corruption from taking place; investigation and prosecution of offenders; delivering anti-corruption education for players and stakeholders to recognise and report corrupt activity.
The Unit is based on London and is a joint collaboration of the International Tennis Federation, the Association of Tennis Professionals, the Women's Tennis Association and the four Grand Slams - i.e. the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.