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Kanar Suspended, Fined for Match-Fixing

Fixing a Futures match may mean the end of one player's competitive future.

French tennis player Jonathan Kanar has been suspended for four years and six months and fined $2,000 after admitting to match-fixing and non-reporting offenses, the Tennis Integrity Unit announced.

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Kanar admitted to fixing a match he played at the ITF Futures F1 tournament in Harare, Zimbabwe in June 2017, in return for a corrupt payment of €1,500.

The period of suspension is backdated to apply from the July 11th, 2019 and means that Kanar is prohibited from competing in, or attending, "any sanctioned event organized or recognized by the governing bodies of the sport for the duration of the ban," the TIU said in a statement.

In addition to the match-fixing charge, Kanar admitted to failing to report a corrupt approach he received in relation to the Harare match.

The 25 year-year old Frenchman  is currently ranked No. 1494 in ITF singles. Kanar attained a career-best ranking of No. 427 in January 2019.

The suspension comes a month after Germany's ZDF Sports reported an ongoing corruption investigation into more than 135 tennis players worldwide featuring raids and investigations were conducted in the United States, Spain, France and Belgium.

The FBI has reportedly been in contact with Belgian officials over the alleged corruption.

“This case is about the Armenian betting mafia network that has spread across seven countries in Europe and has been highly intelligent and cheated on a large scale,” Belgian Vice Prosecutor General Eric Bisschop told ZDF Sports.