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ATP Does Not Want Documents From Dismissed Case Made Public

The ATP players whose names are included in confidential documents as part of a court case brought against the men’s tennis circuit would suffer “severe” injury if the information was made public as requested by ESPN, the ATP told a federal court Thursday. The court has already dismissed the case, brought by four Italian players against the ATP for sanctioning and fining them for gambling. The players are appealing. Before the dismissal, ESPN intervened and asked the court to unseal documents that allegedly would show gambling among other ATP players. The Florida court is still considering the matter even though it dismissed the charges brought by the Italians.

In its opposition motion yesterday, the ATP also described the documents as “unverified hearsay” filed by the plaintiffs. “Here the injury would be severe, the non-party players will have no opportunity to respond to the information, and the information is unverified Hearsay,” the ATP wrote. The ATP’s core legal argument is because the court did not rely on the documents to dismiss the case, there is no obligation to publicize the information.
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