The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has handed a provisional suspension to world No. 612 Nicolas Arreche, it was announced on Monday. Arreche, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 567, kicked off his 2021 season in late-March at a Futures event.
Back then, Arreche suffered a first round defeat. Arreche also appeared in a Futures event the following week and this won his first round match, before losing in the round-of-16. Arreche has enjoyed more success in doubles as he is ranked at No.
418 on the doubles list. Arreche achieved a career-high ranking of No. 353 in doubles last year.
Arreche suspended with immediate effect
"Argentinian tennis player Nicolás Arreche has been provisionally suspended from the sport by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Professor Richard McLaren pending the full consideration of charges against him," the TIU statement read.
"With immediate effect, he is prohibited from competing in or attending any sanctioned tennis event organised by the governing bodies of the sport. "The provisional suspension relates to an ongoing investigation by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) into alleged breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).
"The provisional suspension was granted under section F.3 of the TACP 2021: “The ITIA may at any time make an application to an AHO for a Provisional Suspension of a Covered Person, including (i) before a Notice of Major Offense has been issued, (ii) before a Hearing or (iii) at any time after a Hearing but prior to the AHO’s issuance of a written Decision.
Provisional Suspensions (and challenges and reviews thereof under this Section F.3) shall ordinarily be determined on written submissions unless the AHO considers an oral hearing necessary”. Last season, Arreche made two doubles finals on the Futures circuit. He ended up winning it all at one tournament, while he and his partner ended runners-up in the second final.