Argentina’s Nicolas Kicker has been found guilty of match-fixing and “other offences”, the Tennis Integrity Unit has announced.
Kicker, ranked 84 in the world, has yet to be punished, but has been suspended from professional tennis after the findings of an independent anti-corruption hearing officer.
The 25-year-old faces sanctions in connection with two ATP Challenger matches he played in during separate tournaments in 2015.
“Argentinian tennis player Nicolas Kicker has been found guilty of match-fixing and other offences under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program,” read a TIU statement.
“Mr Kicker, 25, was found guilty of contriving the outcome of a match at the ATP Challenger tournament in Padova, Italy, in June 2015 and a match at the ATP Challenger tournament in Baranquilla, Colombia, in September 2015.
“He was also found guilty of failing to report a corrupt approach and of not co-operating with a TIU investigation into the allegations made against him.”
Independent anti-corruption officer Jane Mulcahy QC considered the case at a hearing in Miami on March 20 following an investigation and details of his sanctions will be made public at a later date, the TIU said.
“Until that time Mr Kicker will not be granted credentials to enter or compete in any professional tennis event sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis,” the statement added.
If you are wondering how Kicker has got on in the Grand Slams over the years, then wonder no more.
His best performance at the Australian Open actually came this year, when he managed to reach the third round, but in terms of the Slams, that's as best as it's got for him.
The furthest he's gone in the French Open, which is next on the tennis calendar, is the second round, whilst he's only ever made it to the first round at both Wimbledon and the US Open.
Safe to say he's not the biggest name in world tennis, but it's yet another damaging blow to the sport and its image.
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