Egyptian tennis player Karim Hossam has been banned for life and fined $15,000 after being convicted of multiple match-fixing offences, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced on Tuesday.
Hossam was found guilty of 16 corruption charges under Section D of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program. These included match-fixing, facilitating betting, providing inside information and failing to report corrupt approaches to the TIU.
“The case was based on a TIU investigation and adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Jane Mulcahy QC,” read a statement from the TIU.
“The breaches of the sport’s anti-corruption code were committed at ITF Futures tournaments over a five-year period between 2013 and 2017.
“Mr Hossam has been subject to a provisional suspension imposed by AHO Mulcahy in June 2017, which has subsequently prevented him playing in or attending any authorised tennis events.”
The lifetime ban applies with immediate effect and means Hossam is not allowed to compete in, or attend, any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport. Hossam can appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Hossam was a promising junior ranked No. 11 in the world junior rankings, and peaked at No. 337 on the men’s circuit in 2012. His younger brother Youssef, 20, is the current Egypt No. 2 and is ranked 320 in the world.
Roger Federer started his Wimbledon title defence with a bang, cruising past Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3, 6-4, and showcasing his new clothing sponsor, Uniqlo, after terminating his 24-year contract with Nike.
As he was walking off Centre Court, he stopped to sign some autographs and take pictures with fans then made one girl, who was carrying a banner that read “Can I have your headband?” very, very happy by granting her her wish, diving into his bag to give her one. That headband is quite special since it’s from Federer’s first match playing in a Uniqlo outfit. Lucky fan!
In his post-match chat with the BBC, the interviewer told Federer that he may have opened himself up to all sorts of requests now that he gave in to the young girl’s banner plea.
“Now they want a watch, a car, a racquet, a shirt, they can have it all at this point,” he said with a laugh.
Watch highlights from Federer’s match above and listen to what Serena Williams had to say after playing her first match on grass in two years.
Tunisian Ons Jabeur recovered from a poor start to defeat Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic and become the first Arab woman to win a singles match at Wimbledon since her compatriot Selima Sfar in 2005.
Jabeur, who had defeated Golubic en route to the Manchester title last month, as well as on her way to the Ilkley quarter-finals two weeks ago, needed one hour and 39 minutes to overcome the 84th-ranked Golubic 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 and reach the Wimbledon second round for the first time in her career.
Golubic broke Jabeur when she was serving for the second set, and again when the 130th-ranked Tunisian was serving for the match, but quick recovery from the crafty Jabeur secured the victory.
The 23-year-old Jabeur, who received a wildcard into Wimbledon after winning the $100k in Manchester, next faces Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova, who dismissed American No. 16 seed Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3), 6-3, 8-6.
More to follow…