After Japan's Junn Mitsuhashi was banned from tennis for life after being found guilty of match-fixing offences, another shocking news about courruption in tennis has emerged. American tennis player, Nikita Kryvonos has been banned for ten years and fined $20,000 (£15,380) after being found guilty of breaches of the sport’s anti-corruption programme.
The Tennis Integrity Unit found he was involved with third parties "to contrive the outcome of a match" at the Challenger event in Illinois in 2015. This coincided with suspicious betting activity on the match Kryvonos, locked horns with the current world no.
1 on the men's tour, Andy Murray at the lush green grass of SW19 in 2004 at the Junior championships. Kryvonos lost the match in three sets that day. The 30-year-old’s ban will end on 29 November 2025. Hence, the ban practically marks the end of his professional tennis career.
Kryvonos achieved a career-high singles ranking of 389 in 2007. His most recent ranking, in 2015, was 931. Match fixing in lower ranked players has turned into a menace and if not stopped quickly, can shake the integrity of the game.