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Swedish tennis talent hit by corruption scandal

Swedish teenager Lucas Renard was banned for six months and fined $5,000 after admitting corruption, the Tennis Integrity Unit announced on Friday.

The 19-year-old, who spends his career on the third-tier Futures circuit, had four months of his sanction suspended.

“The case against 19-year old Mr Renard was based on the findings of a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation, which was then considered by an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer,” said a TIU statement.

“The sanction applies with immediate effect and means that the player is not eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organised or authorised by the governing bodies of professional tennis.

“Mr Renards offense contravened Article D.1.d of the Uniform Tennis Anti Corruption Program – ‘No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event’.”

The TIU did not reveal the details of the case against Renard whose career earnings of $5,790 will just about cover his fine.

Speaking with the Aftonbladet newspaper, Renard’s father said the incident involved and attempt by the 19-year-old to buy his way back into a tournament last summer after being eliminated.

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Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.


Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT

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