1 Jun 2011

Austrian tennis player gets life ban for match-fixing

5:53 am on 1 June 2011

The Austrian tennis player Daniel Koellerer has been banned from the sport for life for match-fixing.

27-year-old Koellerer is the first tennis player to receive the life ban after being found guilty of three charges including "contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event."

He was also fined $120,000 for betting-related corruption, but he has the right to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Koellerer's own career peaked in 2009 when he was ranked 55th in the world after reaching the third round of the US Open where he lost to the eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro.