(April 20, 2016) The International Tennis Federation announced today that tennis official Denis Pitner, of Croatia, has had his ITF officiating certification suspended for a period of ten years after being found guilty of offences under the Code of Conduct for Officials.
Mr Pitner was found guilty by an ITF Disciplinary Panel of the following charges, laid under the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Code of Conduct for Officials, contrary to Articles A13 and B1 of the 2015 Code and Articles A14 and B1 of the 2016 Code:
- Failure to notify the United States Tennis Association of the suspension of his White Badge certification;
- Misrepresentation to the Qatar Tennis Federation that he held a current White Badge certification in his application to officiate at the 2016 Qatar Open;
- Receipt of payment for officiating at the 2016 Qatar Open at the rate applicable for a White Badge official;
- Misrepresentation to the Lawn Tennis Association that he held a current White Badge certification in his application to officiate at The Championships Wimbledon;
- Failure to report the violations set out above.
The ITF Disciplinary Panel noted that Mr Pitner had previously had his White Badge and Chair Umpire Certification suspended for the period 1 August 2015 until 31 July 2016, and these further violations of the Code had all occurred within a period of six months from the suspension of his White Badge.
The Panel determined that Mr Pitner would have his ITF officiating certification suspended for ten years with immediate effect, which means that that he is unable to officiate at Grand Slam tournaments and events organised or sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and ITF until 19 April 2026.
The Code of Conduct for Officials applies to all Certified Officials working at ATP, Grand Slam, ITF and WTA events. The current Code is listed under the under the ITF Duties and Procedures for Officials and can be viewed online here