Guy Forget is no longer the director of the Roland-Garros and Bercy tournaments. According to daily information The team, he announced his decision Tuesday to the boss of the FFT Gilles Moretton. Forget, who had been leading the Grand Slam tournament since 2016 and the Masters 1000 at Bercy, saw his name mentioned in the Pandora Papers, the result of a vast investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The former tennis player owned, from 2005 to 2016, an offshore company based in the British Virgin Islands.
The ethics committee of the FFT did not recognize any fault in Guy Forget, at the beginning of November, estimating that “in the absence of tax evasion or other established criminally reprehensible behavior, no attack on the values of honesty and integrity on the part of Mr. Forget is not characterized. “But he had invited him to” do everything possible so that the possible damage to his reputation which would result from it does not reflect on that of the tournaments which he directs or on that of the FFT “, if legal consequences were to be data.
Defense of Forget
Guy Forget had defended himself, at the microphone of France Inter: “since my adolescence, and at the beginning of my professional career in the 1980s, until my period of captain of the national teams, the company, known worldwide IMG, managed my interests and my contracts like those of many high level athletes in the greatest legality. “
For its part, IMG claimed to have “no trace of an association between Mainland Group Ltd and IMG” and that Forget had not been its client since the end of his professional career, in 1997. That is to say well before the appearance of the obscure company based in the more than benevolent fiscal framework of the British Virgin Islands.