LONDON - Daniel Koellerer, a 27-year-old Austrian tennis player who never made an ATP final, has received a lifetime ban for violations that include attempting to fix matches.
The ban, as well a $100,000 fine, were announced Tuesday by the Tennis Integrity Unit following an investigation by that body and a hearing last month.
"The life ban applies with immediate effect, and means that Mr. Koellerer 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 Tennis Integrity Unit said in a news release.
Koellerer was found guilty of three charges under Article D of the 2010 Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program:
- Contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event
- Soliciting or facilitating a player not to use his or her best efforts in an event
- Soliciting, offering or providing money, benefit or consideration to any other covered person with the intention of negatively influencing a player's best efforts in any event
The TIU did not reveal any details of the alleged match-fixing, or Koellerer's hearing, other than to say the violations occurred between October 2009 and July 2010.
Koellerer was No. 385 in the latest world rankings for men's tennis. He reached a career-high of No. 55 for two weeks in October 2009, when the alleged violations were said to have started.