LONDON — Dutch tennis coach Max Wenders has been suspended for 12 years for match-fixing, the International Tennis Integrity Agency said Wednesday.
The ITIA said that Wenders admitted to “multiple match-fixing allegations” and also admitted to destroying evidence and did not report a corrupt approach.
One of the charges against Wenders was brought under a rule that forbids people associated with tennis from “facilitating directly or indirectly that any player does not give his best in any event”. ITIA did not say when or where the alleged behavior occurred, nor did it name any players.
ITIA said that Wenders was banned and fined $12,000 at an April 2021 hearing, but the sanctions have not been released so far following representations from Wenders’ legal team. He is not allowed to attend any tennis tournaments sanctioned by the sport’s main governing bodies until 2033.
Wenders has reportedly worked with several players on the WTA tour as a coach, assistant, or teammate.