Tennis - Russian tennis player Irina Khromacheva will serve a one-month suspension after being found to have attempted to fix the outcome of a qualifying match at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells earlier this year. The 24-year-old has been suspended for three months and fined $3,000 after being found guilty of the offense, according to the Tennis Integrity Unit.
As of now, two months and the entire fine are suspended on the condition that no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program are committed by the player. The one-month suspension will begin effective 19th September 2019.
The case against the former junior World No. 1 was based on a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation and a disciplinary hearing was held in London on 9th September 2019. According to the Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard H McLaren, Khromacheva offered another player the chance to take her spot in the qualifying draw in exchange for prize money she would have received for playing in the draw.
Prof McLaren said that the offense was more a technical violation of the Program rather than a significant or substantive breach and was at the lowest end of the scale. During the one-month suspension, the player will not compete in or attend any sanctioned event organized or recognized by the governing bodies of the sport.
If there are no further violations, Khromacheva will be entitled to return to competition on 18th October 2019. Khromacheva is currently ranked No. 274 in singles and has been ranked as high as No. 89 in 2017 while in doubles she is currently ranked No. 108 in the world having been ranked as high as No. 41 in April 2019.