Daniel Koellerer, an Austrian tennis player, has become the first player to be given a lifetime ban for attempting to fix matches. Mr. Koellerer, who is a former Davis Cup player and former number 55 on the world rankings, was found guilty of three violations of the sport’s anti-corruption rules, including “contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event” between October 2009 and July 2010. It has been reported that the violations relate to two matches involving other players and one where he acted alone.
An investigation was launched by the Tennis Integrity Unit, on behalf of the International Tennis Federation and ATP and WTA tours, which resulted in Mr. Koellerer also receiving a $100,000 fine. He denies the charges and is considering whether to appeal.
Previously, Mr. Koeller was placed on two years’ probation, along with another player, for listing betting odds for matches and having links to betting websites on their personal websites in contravention of rules in respect of facilitating bets.