Three Belgian tennis players suspended: Grandson of football…

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Arthur de Greif, Romain Barbosa and Alec Witmoor have been provisionally suspended. Three tennis players from Belgium (East) are the subject of a criminal investigation.

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The investigation is led by the International Tennis Integrity Agency, or ITIA for short. It is an independent body that oversees the integrity of tennis. It investigates corruption, especially match-fixing, among players, umpires and other officials.

With immediate effect, De Greif, Barbosa and Witmoor are no longer allowed to play matches or participate in any tennis-related events.

De Greif stopped playing tennis earlier this year. The 29-year-old from Brussels is now the coach of tennis star Yeselin Bonaventure. The grandson of former Red Devils coach Guy Thys played three times for the Belgium Davis Cup team without a win. De Greif won two Challenger tournaments: Liberec (2016) and Ostrava (2018). He also once participated in the Roland Garros Grand Slam tournament.

Barbosa, 27, hails from Namur and is currently ranked at number 1,297 in the world. 31-year-old Witmeur is active only in doubles.

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