Austrian Kollerer banned for life on match fixing
Austrian tennis player Daniel Kollerer has been handed a life ban after he was found guilty of match fixing by the Tennis Integrity Unit.
Kollerer, ranked world No. 385, was found guilty of three offences by the TIU - which was set up three years ago, leading the 27-year-old to be convicted under Article D of the 2010 Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption programme that covers the "contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event".
From October 2009, when Kollerer reached his career-high ranking of No. 55, to July 2010 the player committed three acts of match fixing which involved "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 right-hander's ban, which sees him unable to participate in any tournaments run by the sport's governing bodies, takes immediate effect but, while he can lodge an appeal, the player's manager admits there is a chance he will not be able to finance the process.
"He isn't sure if he can afford the legal costs. He is going to be a father in July and it is very difficult for him at his time. This is a massive shock," said Manfred Nareyka.