Lindal banned

SYDNEY. — Australia’s Nick Lindahl was yesterday banned for seven years and fined US$35 000 for corruption with two others also sanctioned as tennis authorities step up their fight against match-fixing ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year.

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Lindahl, who reached a career-high ranking of 187, was found guilty of contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event and failing to cooperate with a Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation.

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The case related to his offer to throw a match at a Futures tournament in Australia in 2013 and a refusal to provide his mobile phone for forensic investigations on the TIU’s request.

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“Although Mr Lindahl (28) retired from the sport in 2013, today’s decision prevents him from resuming playing professional tennis for the seven years of the ban,” the TIU said in a statement.

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“He is also prohibited from attending any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport for that period.” — AFP.