The Tennis Integrity Unit has reduced the three year suspension Argentine tennis player Nicolas Kicker from three years to two years and eight months. This means that Kicker can resume playing professional tennis from 23 January 2021.
The Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Jane Mulcahy has reduced the suspension imposed on Kicker from three years on appeal. The decision recognises the support given by the player to the Tennis Integrity Unit’s Education programme.
Kicker has agreed to co-operate with the production of an educational video where he talks about his involvement in corruption and warning other players of the consequences related to match fixing. In June 2018, Kicker was banned for six years, with three years suspended, after being found guilty of committing match-fixing offences under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).
The suspension was backdated to apply from 24th May 2018, the date he was suspended from playing tennis. The three year suspended element of the original sanction will remain in place on condition that no further breaches of the TACP are committed.
The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA. Their aim is to ensure a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis. Kicker achieved his highest career singles ranking of No.
78 in June 2017. He has won 3 singles titles, and 1 doubles title on the ATP Challenger Tour, but also 10 singles titles, and 7 doubles titles on the ITF Men's Circuit. He reached the third round of the 2018 Australian Open as well.