French tennis official handed lifetime ban for betting offences

French tennis official Morgan Lamri has been given a lifetime ban by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) after he was found guilty of various betting-related offences.

The TIU confirmed that Lamri’s activities were linked to offences listed in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.

In a statement, the TIU said the 22-year-old has been found guilty of betting and “contriving/attempting to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event”.

Lamri had served as an umpire on the Association of Tennis Professionals’ (ATP) Challenger and Futures tour and is also listed as an inactive player on the ATP website.

The TIU statement continued: “The lifetime ban applies with immediate effect and means that Mr Lamri is not eligible to officiate, participate in or attend any tournament or competition organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of professional tennis from the date of this statement.”

Formed in 2008, the TIU is an initiative developed by the International Tennis Federation, the ATP, the Women’s Tennis Association and the Grand Slam Board to help protect the integrity of the sport.

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