Tunisian tennis player Majed Kilani has been banned from professional tennis for seven years and fined $7,000 after being found guilty of match-fixing charges, according to a press release from the Tennis Integrity Unit.
Tunisian tennis player Majed Kilani banned from professional tennis for seven years
According to the press release, Kilani,conspired with a third party to manipulate the outcome of matches played at an ITF Futures tournament in Egypt in August 2016 and was also found to have failed to fully co-operate with a TIU investigation into the corruption allegations against him.
The case was adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard McLaren at a disciplinary hearing held by video conference on 21 May 2020 and as a result, Kilani is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorized or sanctioned by tennis' governing bodies for seven years from June 25.
Kilani will need to repay the fine at the rate of $1,000 per year over the seven years that he is being suspended. 23 year old Kilani is ranked No. 804 in singles and No. 528 in doubles currently, which are both career-bests. The relevant Sections of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) covering the offences are as follows: Section D.1.d of the 2016 TACP: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event”.
Section F.2.b of the 2018 TACP: “All Covered Persons must co-operate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings, if requested. No Covered Person shall (i)tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense or (ii) solicit or facilitate any other person to tamper with, damage, disable, destroy or otherwise alter any evidence or other information related to any Corruption Offense”.
Kilani has won 4 ITF doubles titles, including one title at the M15 Monastir event with Aziz Dougaz earlier this year as well as three doubles titles in 2019. He studied at University of Tulsa between 2015-2019 and has represented Tunisia at Davis Cup where he has a win-loss record of 4-0.
The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to betting-related corruption in professional tennis.