French Tennis Player Banned for 4 years and 6 months for Match-Fixing

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French Tennis Player Banned for 4 years and 6 months for Match-Fixing

French tennis player Jonathan Kanar has been suspended for 4 and a half years and fined $2,000 after admitting to match-fixing and non-reporting offences, according to The Tennis Integrity Unit. The French players is 25 years old and is ranked No.

1494 on the ITF singles rankings and No. 1818 on the ATP singles rankings. His highest singles ranking was No. 427 on the ITF singles rankings in January 2019 and No. 491 on the ATP singles rankings in April 2018. After an investigation was carried out by the Tennis Integrity Unit, Kanar admitted to contriving the outcome of a match he played at the ITF Futures F1 tournament in Harare, Zimbabwe in June 2017.

In return, he received a payment of €1,500. Kanar also admitted that he did not report a corrupt approach he received in relation to the Harare match to the officials as required by the code that all players are supposed to be adhering to.

The case was considered by Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Charles Hollander QC. THe period of the suspension has been backdated and will apply from 11 July 2019. With the ban, Kanar is not allowed to compete in or attend any sanctioned event that is organized or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport for the duration of the ban.

According to The Tennis Integrity Unit, the breaches that Kanar has been convicted of include - Section D.1.d: "No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event."

Section D.2.a.1: ”In the event any Player is approached by any person who offers or provides any type of money, benefit or Consideration to a Player to (i) influence the outcome or any other aspect of any Event, or (ii) provide Inside Information, it shall be the Player's obligation to report such incident to the TIU as soon as possible”.