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The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has fined two US tennis coaches for breaching tennis betting sponsorship rules. 

Established by the International Governing Bodies of Tennis, the ITIA is an independent body that promotes, encourages, enhances, and safeguards the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.

$10,000 fines and suspended four-month bans have been issued to both Bob Bryan and Mardy Fish for promoting a gaming operator on their social media accounts.

The ITIA received the full cooperation of both Bryan and Fish during their investigation and the infringing social media posts were removed immediately.

The suspended bans won’t be enforced unless another breach takes place in the next four months, which began on 11 November.

Bryan and Fish are part of the 2022 US Davis Cup coaching team, so they are considered “covered persons” and therefore must abide by the sport’s rules regarding relationships with betting operators.

Section D.1.b of the 2022 Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) rules states: “No Covered Person shall directly or indirectly, facilitate, encourage and/or promote Tennis Betting (‘Facilitation’).”

Both coaches will also work with the ITIA to highlight the importance of integrity in the game through education and prevention initiatives.

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