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Teen tennis player receives six-month match-fixing ban

AFP, PARIS

Italian teenager Claudia Coppola, the world No. 869, was on Wednesday banned for six months and fined US$4,000 on match-fixing charges.

The 18-year-old admitted the offences which were brought following an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU).

“The fine will be reduced to US$3,000 if the player completes a Tennis Integrity Unit anti-corruption training program,” a TIU statement said.

Coppola admitted to contravening two articles of the anti-corruption code relating to the outcome of a match or encouraging a player to underperform.

“The suspension applies with immediate effect and means that the player is not eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organized or authorized by the governing bodies of professional tennis,” the statement said.

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