Banned Umpire Worked at 2015 US Open Due to ‘Flaw in System’

A Croatian umpire, who was banned from officiating for a year, worked as a linesman in the 2015 US Open.

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A Croatian tennis umpire, who was banned from officiating for 12 months after a corruption inquiry worked as a linesman at last year’s US Open. (Photo: AP)

A Croatian tennis umpire, who was banned from officiating for 12 months after a corruption inquiry worked as a linesman at last year’s US Open because of a “flaw in our system”, the United States Tennis Association said on Friday.

Denis Pitner was suspended by the International Tennis Federation in August after sending information about a player to a coach during a tournament and regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches. But he was already approved to work in the US Open as a linesman on July 13.

“We had a flaw in our system. Denis Pitner did work as a linesman at the 2015 US Open,” Chris Widmaier, the USTA’s managing director of corporate communications, told Reuters on Friday via email.

As we have now determined, Mr. Denis Pitner had been approved to work the U.S. Open as a linesman on July 13. The USTA was notified that Mr. Pitner was placed on the ‘Do Not Credential’ list on August 24.
USTA’s Statement

The sport’s governing bodies said on Friday that an independent review panel (IRP) will take at least a year to investigate allegations of corruption in tennis and the effectiveness of existing procedures.

While there is no fixed deadline for the IRP to complete its independent review, it is expected that the full review will take at least 12 months with the publication of an interim report during that time.
Tennis Governing Bodies Said in a Statement

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