Serbia's Savic gets lifetime tennis ban

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LONDON, ENGLAND - David Savic, a 26-year-old Serbian tennis player who never made an ATP final, has received a lifetime ban for attempting to fix matches.

The ban, as well as a $100,000 fine, was announced Saturday 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. Savic 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 TIU said in a news release.

Savic 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

Austria's Daniel Koellerer was banned by the TIU for the same three offenses in May.

The TIU did not reveal any details of the alleged match-fixing, or Savic's hearing, other than to say the violations occurred in October 2010.

Savic was No. 659 in the latest world rankings for men's tennis.


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