Tennis-Miami Open director Blake fined for breaching betting sponsorship rules

  • Tennis
  • Thursday, 22 Feb 2024

Former professional tennis player James Blake, who was assaulted by police in a case of mistaken identity, testifies during a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing on policing practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/ File photo

(Reuters) - Former ATP finalist and Miami Open tournament director James Blake has been fined for breaching betting sponsorship rules, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) said on Wednesday, while adding the breach was not intentional.

The American former world number four accepted the $56,250 fine along with a suspended fine of $131,250 and a suspended ban of 18 months and fully co-operated with the investigation, the ITIA said in a statement.

"As a Tournament Director, Blake is considered a "covered person", who must comply with the sport's rules around relationships with betting operators," they added.

"This case is more a matter of perception, rather than corruption," ITIA CEO Karen Moorhouse said. "We urge anyone in the sport who is unclear or is considering commercial deals like this to get in touch with us to seek guidance."

Blake was a member of the U.S. team which won the Davis Cup in 2007 and also reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and U.S. Open.

(Reporting by Chiranjit Ojha in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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