Tennis Player Joao Souza Was Suspended For Life Due To Match Fixing

Tennis Player Joao Souza Was Suspended For Life Due To Match Fixing

The Brazilian Tennis Player Joao Souza was found guilty for various faults, including the adjustment of numerous meetings between 2014 and 2019.

Brazilian tennis player Joao Souza was suspended for life. The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU, according to its acronym in English) applied that harsh sanction to the 31-year-old player, currently 742 ° in the ATP ranking, following various faults he committed in the circuit, including the arrangement of multiple matches between 2015 and 2019. Besides, the South American will be forced to pay a fine of 200 thousand dollars.

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The TIU investigation determined that, in the period between 2015 and 2019, Souza committed various infractions to the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program. Among them, match-fixing in Challenger and Futures tournaments played in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, the United States, and the Czech Republic.

The player also violated other regulations: he did not alert the authorities of the offers of corruption he was receiving, did not cooperate with the TIU, destroyed evidence and even asked other players to “not do their best.”

The tennis player had started his professional career in 2006. Although he was currently ranked 742th in the ATP ranking, he had become 69th in April 2015. While in doubles, he became 70th in January. 2013. In total, he won 15 titles in the Challenger tournament circuit (nine singles and six doubles).

 

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