Daniele Bracciali banned from tennis over match-fixing

Daniele Bracciali

Darshan Sanghvi

In the match-fixing offence, 40-year-old Daniele Bracciali has been banned from tennis for life and fined $250,000, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU)announced on Wednesday. The Italian player ranked 95 in doubles, was found guilty of match-fixing and associated offences relating to the ATP World Tour 500 tournament played in Barcelona in April 2011.

“The finding of guilt and imposition of the lifetime suspension with immediate effect Mr Daniele will prohibited from playing in or attending any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport,” said in a statement from the TIU.

In June 2012, he reached a career -best doubles ranking of 21 and as single player 49 which was his highest ranking.

In another ruling, former  Italian player Potito Starace was found guilty in match-fixing, banned from sports for 10 years and fined 100,000.

Starace, 37, reached a career-best singles ranking of 27 and a career-best 40 in doubles.

Both the player were found guilty in Barcelona tournament  where Starace was playing singles and Bracciali was playing doubles.

They both are banned for life from the Italian tennis federation in August 2015 but later Starace’s supension was lifted and Bracciali ban was reduced to 12 months.

The TIU is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, and the ATP and the WTA tours, aimed at stamping out corruption in the game.