James Blake receives fine for violating tennis sponsorship rules

By Saloni Sehmi
James Blake Fined for Breaching Tennis Sponsorship Rules

Miami Open Tournament Director Fined for Betting Sponsorship Violation

Miami Open tournament director and former professional tennis player James Blake has been fined $56,250 for violating tennis’ rules regarding betting sponsorship, according to the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).

The ITIA, based in London, stated that Blake’s violation was unintentional, and he fully cooperated with the investigation, not contesting the charge.

As a result of the violation, Blake will be placed on an 18-month probationary period starting from February 9. If he violates the rules again during this period, he will face an 18-month suspension and a further fine of $131,250.

The ITIA’s Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) prohibits any covered person from facilitating, encouraging, or promoting tennis betting.

Karen Moorhouse, CEO of the ITIA, emphasized that the rules apply to players, coaches, officials, and accredited tournament staff who can potentially influence match results or have access to inside information. She urged anyone in the sport who is unsure about commercial deals like this to seek guidance from the ITIA.

The ITIA, an independent body established by tennis members, is dedicated to promoting and safeguarding the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.

For more information, visit the official ITIA website: https://www.tennisintegrityunit.com

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