Nicolas Kicker suspended and fined for tennis match-fixing offences
Argentinian tennis player Nicolas Kicker has been suspended for six (6) years and fined $25,000 for committing match-fixing offences under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (Program).
Half of the period of ineligibility (three years) is suspended on the basis that Mr Kicker commits no further breaches of the Program.
On May 23rd this year independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Jane Mulcahy QC ruled that Mr Kicker, 25, was 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 Barranquilla, Colombia, in September 2015.
He was also found guilty of failing to fully co-operate with a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation into the allegations made against him:
The suspension handed down today by AHO Mulcahy has been backdated to apply from 24th May, the date he was excluded from playing tennis. As a consequence he is not allowed to compete in, or attend, any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport for the next three years.
The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.