The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has reacted to Mardy Fish and Bob Bryan’s promotion of gambling by fining them $10,000 apiece and banning them for four months after having been seen promoting a gambling concern on social media.
Bob and I did a DraftKings promo during the US Open that we were unaware we weren't allowed to do Mardy Fish
The ITIA revealed that the two former professional players, currently coaches to the US Davis Cup team, had cooperated fully with the investigation and had immediately removed the gambling posts.
However, the ban will only be enforced if either player commits another breach during the four-month probationary period that began on Nov. 11.
“Bob and I did a DraftKings promo during the US Open that we were unaware we weren’t allowed to do,” Fish told The Associated Press. “As soon as we found out, I deleted the posts and cooperated with the ITIA.”
Fish, the U.S. Davis Cup captain since 2019, and Bryan, who has been a coach and served as an acting captain this year when Fish was sidelined with COVID-19, were “subject to the sport’s rules around relationships with betting operators,” the ITIA explained.
The sport’s anti-corruption program says anyone who falls under its jurisdiction — which Fish and Bryan did as people accredited for the American team in 2022 — is not allowed to “directly or indirectly facilitate, encourage and/or promote” betting on tennis.
“The USTA is aware of the ITIA’s fines of Mardy Fish and Bob Bryan. Both Mardy and Bob have our full support. As was stated by the ITIA, neither was aware that their actions were in any way a violation of protocols, and when they were made aware immediately and fully cooperated with the ITIA throughout the remainder of the process,” a spokesman for the USTA said in an emailed statement.
“Mardy and Bob have given so much of their lives to representing and supporting U.S. tennis and we are thankful for their ongoing commitment to growing the game throughout the country.”
The US reached the Davis Cup quarter finals this season, losing to Italy in Malaga, Spain, last week.