Spanish player handed 15-year ban, massive fine over pretty shocking offenses

The ITIA announces an absolutely huge sanction for 29-year-old Aaron Cortes.

by Dzevad Mesic
Spanish player handed 15-year ban, massive fine over pretty shocking offenses
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Spain's Aaron Cortes has been slapped with a massive 15-year ban and a $75k fine - of which $56.250 is suspended - over some shocking breaches as he was found guilty of multiple match-fixing offenses and also offering money to receive a wildcard.

Cortes, who turned 29 in November, played his first ITF tournament in 2010. In the next several years, Cortes was mostly competing on the ITF level, where he didn't really have much success. 

In 2018, Cortes was pretty much competing every week on the ITF level between February and July. But then, Cortes completely disappeared and hasn't had any appearances since 2018 July. 

Now, it is clear why that may have been the case as the ITIA determined there was suspicious activity related to the Spaniard's matches. 

During his career - which lasted only eight years - Cortes didn't win any singles or doubles titles. Also, Cortes just barely broke into the top-1000 as his career-high ranking in singles - achieved in 2017 September - saw him ranked at No. 955 in the world. 

ITIA's statement on Cortes being found guilty of match-fixing and other offences

"The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) today confirms that Spanish tennis player Aaron Cortes has been suspended for a period of 15 years after admitting to 35 breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP)," the ITIA said in a statement.

"Following a thorough investigation conducted by the ITIA and law enforcement, Cortes, who reached a career-high world singles ranking of 955 in September 2017, admitted to 35 breaches of the TACP between 2016 and 2018, including contriving the outcome of events, accepting money to contrive the outcome of events, failure to report corrupt approaches, wagering on tennis, and providing money to tournament officials in exchange for a wild card. The player has been fined $75,000, of which $56,250 is suspended.  

"29-year-old Cortes co-operated fully with the ITIA investigation and accepted an agreed sanction, waiving their right to a hearing before an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer. The player’s period of ineligibility began on 27 March 2024 and ends at midnight on 26 March 2039. "

In their statement, the ITIA also confirmed that the suspension means that Cortes also won't be allowed to attend or coach in any official tournaments during the last of his 15-year suspension.