Ever heard the name Sergei Krotiouk? Me neither.
It could have something to do with his ATP rank at 789, but his reasons to why he’s now banned from tennis will leave you stunned.
According to the Associated Press, the 34-year-old was busted by the Tennis anti-corruption unit on 41 charges of rule violations.
The charges apparently stem from breaches of three articles of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program during 2012-13.
The AP reports the charges include to influence “the outcome or any other aspect of an event,” to “facilitate any player not to use his or her best efforts in any event,” and to offer money or other benefit “with the intention of negatively influencing” a player’s best efforts in any event.”
So in other words, Krotiouk was attempting to fix matches? Tennis matches? Amazing.
Just goes to show that no matter what you’re ranked, if you’re wronging the ATP, they will hunt you down and spank you.
Along with the lifetime ban, he was also charged a $60,000 fine.