Egyptian Youssef Hossam Is Banned From Tennis For Life For Match Fixing
Youssef Hossam has been banned for life by the Tennis Integrity Unit after being found guilty of multiple match-fixing and other corruption offences.
The TIU found that the Egyptian, 21, had committed 21 breaches of anti-corruption rules between 2015 and 2019.
It also ruled he conspired with others to carry out betting-related corruption at the lower levels of the sport.Hossam reached a career-high singles ranking of 291 in December 2017 and is currently ranked 820.
He was provisionally suspended from tennis in May last year and was found to have committed eight cases of match-fixing, six cases of facilitating gambling and two cases of soliciting other players not to use their best efforts.
He was also found guilty of three failures to report corrupt approaches and two failures to co-operate with a TIU investigation.
"As a result of his conviction, Mr Hossam is now permanently excluded from competing in or attending any sanctioned tennis event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport," said a TIU statement.
His elder brother, Karim Hossam, was banned from tennis for life for multiple match-fixing offences in 2018.
Youssef Hossam has been banned from tennis for life
This will be seen as many as another unfortunate episode to tarnish professional tennis. Some will even blame the lack of funding and resources available for the lower ranked players on the professional ATP and WTA tours.
Would better funding and financial help for lower ranked players help to reduce this type of illegal activity within the Sport?
That question is a very relevant one as the struggles of lower ranked players has been a very focal and talked about issue during this COVID 19 pandemic.
Many lower ranked players have struggled to financially survive during the shutdown of all tennis with many unable to return due to lack of funds.
Whatever happens in the future, an effective solution needs to be found sooner rather than later to prevent any more activity of match fixing within tennis. The image and integrity of tennis for the future depends on it.