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Brazilian tennis pro Souza banned for life

Field Level Media
26 Jan 2020, 04:19 GMT+10

Brazilian tennis player Joao Olavo Soares de Souza has been banned for life and fined $200,000 after being found guilty of match fixing and related offenses, the Tennis Integrity Unit announced Saturday.

An investigation by the group -- an initiative of the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board -- found that Souza's offenses included "repeated incidents of match-fixing" at ATP Challenger and ITF Futures tournaments in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and the Czech Republic, according to a news release.

Souza, 31, also was found, between 2015 and 2019, to have: failed to cooperate fully with the investigative body, including the destruction of evidence; solicited other players "to not use best efforts"; and failed to report corruption.

He had been suspended since last March.

Souza participated in all four Grand Slam events but never advanced past the first round. His highest-ever ATP ranking was 69 in April 2015.

--Field Level Media

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