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MOSCOW, 27 Jul – Dutch tennis coach Max Wenders has been suspended for 12 years for match-fixing, according to the website of the Tennis Anti-Tennis Authority (ITIA).
Wenders admitted to “numerous allegations of match-fixing” and said he “destroyed evidence”. The coach is prohibited from playing, coaching or attending any tennis event under the auspices of the governing bodies of tennis as of the date of the decision (April 28, 2021). ITIA does not specify at what time and where the violations were committed, and also with whom the coach was collaborating at that time.
Initially, the verdict in this case was issued by Judge Richard McLaren, who previously investigated anti-doping rule violations in Russian sports. In addition to the disqualification, he also ruled that Wenders must pay a $12,000 fine. The publication of sanctions against the coach was delayed due to documents for a retrial filed by the law firm that defended the Dutchman. However, McLaren lifted this ban.
According to Ubitennis, Wenders was a sparring partner of the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, and was also an assistant coach of the second racket of the world, Anette Kontaveit. Some media reported that Wenders was in a romantic relationship with the winner of the Australian Open – 2020 American Sophia Kenin.