Greek tennis player Alexandros Jakupovic has received a life ban from the sport after the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) found him guilty of five corruption charges for match fixing.
The TIU, a joint initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP World Tour and the Women's Tennis Association, carried out an investigation into the 34-year-old before a hearing on September 29 in London.
Having considered the case, Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy handed Jakupovic an immediate life ban.
The five charges proven against him related to Section D of the 2013 and 2014 Tennis Anti-Corruption Programmes.
Jakupovic was found guilty of “directly or indirectly” contriving the outcome or any other aspect of any event, as well as trying to “solicit or facilitate any player to not use his or her best efforts in any event.”
He was also found to have breached the rule that related to offering or providing “any money, benefit or consideration to any other covered person with the intention of negatively influencing a player’s best efforts in any event.”
The TIU also said the Greek had breached section D.2.a.i which states “in the event any player is approached by any person who offers or provides any type of money, benefit or consideration to a player to (i) influence the outcome or any other aspect of any event, or (ii) provide inside information, it shall be the player's obligation to report such incident to the TIU as soon as possible.”
Following the verdict, Jakupovic has been made ineligible to compete or attend any tournament or event organised by the sport’s governing bodies.
In line with the TIU’s anti-corruption hearing process, the details of the hearing and the reasons for the decision have been kept confidential and will not be made public.
The decision will come as a blow to his country’s Davis Cup team, as the Greek was a regular member of the squad, having played in 29 ties.