London, England (Sports Network) - David Savic, a 26-year-old Serbian tennis
player who never made an ATP final, has received a lifetime ban for attempting
to fix matches.
The ban, as well as a $100,000 fine, was announced Saturday by the Tennis
Integrity Unit following an investigation by that body and a hearing last
"The life ban applies with immediate effect, and means that Mr. Savic is not
eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organized or
sanctioned by the governing bodies of professional tennis from the date of
this statement," the TIU said in a news release.
Savic was found guilty of three charges under Article D of the 2010 Uniform
Tennis Anti-Corruption Program:
- Contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event
- Soliciting or facilitating a player not to use his or her best efforts in an
- Soliciting, offering or providing money, benefit or consideration to any
other covered person with the intention of negatively influencing a player's
best efforts in any event
Austria's Daniel Koellerer was banned by the TIU for the same three offenses
The TIU did not reveal any details of the alleged match-fixing, or Savic's
hearing, other than to say the violations occurred in October 2010.
Savic was No. 659 in the latest world rankings for men's tennis.
The Sports Network