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Argentine tennis player Kicker banned for six years for match-fixing

Nicolás Kicker, 25, was found guilty of contriving the outcome of one match at a ATP Challenger event in Padova in June 2015 and another match at the Baranquilla Challenger in Colombia that same year.

Tuesday 19 June, 2018
Nicolás Kicker, pictured in a file photo from the ATP Tour.
Nicolás Kicker, pictured in a file photo from the ATP Tour. Foto:ATP

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Top-100 tennis player Nicolás Kicker has been suspended for six years and fined US$25,000 for fixing two matches on the second-tier Challenger Tour.

Kicker, 25, was found guilty of contriving the outcome of a match at the ATP Challenger event in Padova, Italy, in June, 2015, and another match at the Baranquilla Challenger in Colombia in September that year.

The Tennis Integrity Unit announced Kicker's punishment on Tuesday, saying that he can reduce his ban to three years if he "commits no further breaches."

Kicker was kicked out of the French Open last month after an anti-corruption hearing officer ruled that the 25-year-old from Argentina arranged the results of the two Challenger tour matches in 2015. He was also found guilty of failing to report a corrupt approach and of not cooperating with a TIU investigation into the allegations made against him.

Kicker is not allowed to compete in — or even attend — any sanctioned tennis events.

He was ranked as high as number 78 last year and is number 100 this week. 

He reached the third round of the Australian Open in January this year and the also the third round at the Indian Wells Masters.

- TIMES/AFP/AP

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