• Notorious Austrian Koellerer banned for life

    6/1/11 2:15 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Notorious Austrian Koellerer banned for life Longtime tennis badboy Austrian Daniel Koellerer has been slammed with a lifetime ban from the sport on suspiciouns of cheating and match-fixing.

    The action - which includes a $100,000 fine - was taken by the tennis anti-corruption unit.

    Officials sent the 27-year-old ranked 385 out of the game for violations which were not specifically detailed, but which included:

    - 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 Event;
    - 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

    The No. 385 whom Thomas Muster once called a "psycho" last played on the ATP in a qualifying loss in Vienna last autumn. He has long-been suspected of match fixing.

    The case against him was based on the findings of a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation and considered by an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer at a two-day London hearing. The Austrian website Sport10 quoted Koellerer's management, who called the ban "the "darkest hour in Daniel Köellerers career."

    A YouTube video of Koellerer in action at a Polish Challenger last autumn showed him intimidating an opponent at the net as the opposition came in for a drop shot, which was missed.

    After standing for a few seconds, Koellerer suddenly fell to the clay like a footballer clutching at what looked to be a non-existent ankle injury, which he then claimed his opponent had caused.

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I think it's a little funny that with all of the crazy stuff Dani's done, this is what they bust him for.

cherylmurray , 6/1/11 4:37 PM

Makes sense to me. How can they ban him for LIFE for other indiscretions? If you ask me, Stefan Koubek should have been banned for life too, for grabbing Dani by the throat a few years ago in some Austrian Championship match.

DanyalRasool , 6/1/11 10:04 PM

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