Younes Rachidi was found guilty of fixing 135 matches and received a lifetime ban from the sport, ITIA declared recently.
Rachidi was rated as high as No. 753 in the world for singles, but he never took home a championship. Rachidi was formerly rated No. 473 in the world and has won two doubles titles at the Futures level. Rachidi’s career was not particularly successful because he usually competed in events at the Futures level.
Rachidi represented Morocco in the Davis Cup in 2012 and 2014. Has was fined a hefty $34,000 and a permanent suspension from the sport after being found guilty of 135 match-fixing offences.
The 135 count is possibly the most even in tennis history.
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Here is the ITIA’s statement on Younes Rachidi:
‘’The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that Younes Rachidi, a Moroccan former tennis player, has been banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of 135 match fixing offences.
This is now the highest number of offences by one individual ever detected by the ITIA or its predecessor the Tennis Integrity Unit. The sanction means that Rachidi, who had a highest ATP doubles ranking of 473, is permanently prohibited from playing in, coaching at or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis.
The case was ruled on by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Office Janie Soublière who found all charges proved, the 135 breaches “egregious” and imposed a fine of $34,000 in addition to the life ban. Rachidi was involved in match fixing with two Algerian players recently banned by the ITIA with the cases uncovered following law enforcement investigations in conjunction with the ITIA in Belgium.’’the ITIA’s statement read