Russian Tennis Player Krotiouk Gets Life Ban for Match-Fixing

Russian tennis player Sergei Krotiouk was banned from the sport for life and fined $60,000 after he was found guilty of 41 charges relating to match-fixing.

The Tennis Integrity Unit said the charges covered breaches of the sport’s anti-corruption program during 2012 and 2013 and related to attempts to influence “the outcome or any other aspect of any event,” to “facilitate any player not to use his or her best efforts in any event” and to offer or provide money or other benefit “with the intention of negatively influencing” a player’s best efforts.

“The life ban applies with immediate effect and means that Mr. Krotiouk is not eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organized or sanctioned by the governing bodies of professional tennis from the date of this statement,” the integrity unit said yesterday.

Krotiouk, 34, is ranked 789th by the ATP World Tour and spent his career playing on the second- and third-tier Challenger and Futures circuits. He’s the third men’s player to be handed a life ban in the past two years.

Serbia’s David Savic, who had a career-high ranking of 363, and Austria’s Daniel Koellerer, who reached the third round of the U.S. Open in 2009, both were sanctioned in 2011.

The Tennis Integrity Unit is a joint initiative of the Grand Slam Committee, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP World Tour and the women’s WTA Tour.

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