Thu, Oct 20, 10:38am by Staff Writer
Tennis player Daniel Garza from Mexico has been suspended for six months and fined $US5000 after being found guilty of match-fixing, the Tennis Integrity Unit said on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old attempted to influence the outcome of a match at an ITF Futures tournament at Calabasas, California, in March 2015, the sport’s corruption watchdog said.
Garza is ranked 1065th but has a career high singles ranking of 294 in 2012. He was banned with immediate effect following the case that was held in Miami last month and based on a TIU investigation.
It hasn’t been a good year for cases of this nature in the sport of tennis, World tennis was rocked in January by allegations that the game’s authorities had failed to deal with widespread match-fixing in the sport.
Although the authorities rejected media reports that 16 players who have been ranked in the top 50 had been repeatedly flagged to the TIU over suspicions they had thrown matches in the past decade.
Since January, a number of corruption-related cases have come to light. In July, three Italian players were banned by their national tennis federation, including world number 143 Marco Cecchinato, who was banned for 18 months and fined €40,000.
The other two players that were banned for their roles in attempting to fix matches were world number Riccardo Accardi and Antonio Campo. The duo who do not compete on the ATP tour, were banned for 12 and four months, respectively, for several alleged attempts to fix matches.
According to the European Sports Security Association, 34 incidents had been flagged in the second quarter of 2016 and tennis accounted for the majority of these.
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