American player banned for ten years due to for anti-corruption breach

The offences took place at a tournament on the Challenger Tour

An American tennis player has been banned for a decade and fined $20,000 after being found guilty of offences related to tennis’ anti-corruption laws.

Nikita Kryvonos aged 30, has been banned from all competitive tennis activities for ten years, which effectively ends his career. The ban relates to events at an ATP Challenger event in the United States in 2015. Kryvonos was found to have acted with third-party individuals to “contrive the outcome of the match” according to the Tennis Integrity Unit, who opened an investigation after suspicious betting patterns were identified.

Krvyonos took part in the qualifying rounds for the Challenger in Champaign, Illinois losing in the first round to Tom Jomby 1-6, 6-4, 4-6.

Krvyonos held a career-high ranking of No.389, and had career victories against current Top 100 players Donald Young, Robin Haase, and Nikoloz Basilashvili. His career-high achievements have been winning a pair of Futures events, including defeating Haase in a final in 2006.

The news is the latest in a number of stories surrounding match-fixing in tennis since a Buzzfeed article broke news of the issue in the sport at the 2016 Australian Open.

Since the article broke there have been a number of incidents involving players or ex-players. Former Australian Open Boys Singles Winner Oliver Anderson was charged with match fixing in relation to a Challenger event.

Potito Starace was arrested as part of a sting in Spain and was subsequently banned for life by the Italian Tennis Federation as a result of an incident in his Casablanca men’s singles final against Pablo Andujar.

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