6/1/11 2:15 PM | Johan Lindahl
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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