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Kazakhstani tennis player receives 10 year ban for match-fixing

| By Marese O'Hagan
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has banned Kazakhstani tennis player Roman Khassanov for 10 years after Khassanov admitted several instances of match-fixing.
ITIA hands out 14-year match fixing ban

Khassanov was also fined $100,000, with $75,000 of this suspended.

The instances took place between 2014 and 2018, and were in violation of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP).

Khassanov admitted to breaches of section D.1.f, which prohibits an individual from attempting to change the outcome of an event, and section D.2a(i), which bans the solicitation of money to negatively influence a player’s performance in an event.

He also admitted infractions of section D.2.a(i), which mandates that players report attempts to offer money in exchange for poor player performance, and section D.2.a(ii), which commands players to report suspected offenses against the TACP.

Khassanov, who had a career-high ATP singles ranking of 671, has been banned from participating in, coaching at or attending any tennis events for 10 years from May 2021.

Khassanov’s breaches were dealt with under the 2021 TACP Proposal for Deposition framework, which allows a ban to be given to an offender from the ITIA upon admission of guilt.

Last month Argentine tennis player Franco Feitt was banned for life after he admitted nine instances of match fixing between 2014 and 2018.

Also last month the ITIA also banned Barbora Palcatova for three years after she was found guilty of match fixing.

Two Russian players were given lifetime bans after they were both found guilty during a match fixing investigation.

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