Ja­panese player gets life ban for match-fix­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Ja­panese player Junn Mitsuhashi has been banned for life fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into match-fix­ing, the Tennis In­tegrity Unit (TIU) an­nounced yes­ter­day.

He has also been fined US$50,000 (RM216,00) af­ter be­ing found to have made cor­rupt ap­proaches to other play­ers and to have placed bets on matches.

The ban ap­plies with im­me­di­ate af­fect and means Mitsuhashi, 27, can­not “com­pete in, or at­tend, any tournament or event or­gan­ised or sanc­tioned by the gov­ern­ing bod­ies of the sport,” the TIU said.

In Novem­ber 2015 he asked Joshua Chetty, a player he had pre­vi­ously coached, to make a cor­rupt ap­proach to a fel­low player dur­ing an ITF Fu­tures tournament in Stel­len­bosch, South Africa.

The player was of­fered US$2,000 to un­der­per­form in a sin­gles match and US$600 in a dou­bles match.

Chetty re­ceived a life­time ban last Septem­ber.

The fol­low­ing month, Mitsuhashi di­rectly ap­proached a dif­fer­ent player at a tournament in Lagos, Nige­ria to ask him to fix as­pects of a match.

He also il­le­gally placed 76 bets on tennis matches be­tween Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber 2015 and re­fused to co­op­er­ate with the TIU in­ves­ti­ga­tion, both of which are separate of­fences.

Mitsuhashi achieved a ca­reer­high sin­gles rank­ing of 295 in 2009. He was ranked 1,997th at the time of his of­fences. AFP

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