Adrian Margaret Brune

Jul 16, 2020

7 min read

Tennis-Fixing in a Post-Covid World

Egyptian player Youssef Hossam, №810 in the ATP singles rankings — who once reached a high of №291 — was banned from professional tennis for life in May 2020.

Eye off the ball and you probably missed it: in early May, the ITF’s Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) banned Egyptian player Youssef Hossam, 21, from professional tennis for match-fixing, permanently excluding him for life. It was a rare rebuke in a polite, conciliatory sport.

The TIU hardly issues life bans. Hossam, who had slid to №810 in the ATP singles rankings after reaching a career high of №291 in…