- Mexican player had attempted to influence the outcome of ITF Futures event
- Six-month suspension imposed by the Tennis Integrity Unit after investigation
The Mexican tennis player Daniel Garza has been banned for six months and given a $5,000 (£4,060) fine after being found guilty of a match-fixing charge.
The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) found Garza had “attempted to influence the outcome” of a match at the ITF USA Futures 11 tournament in Calabasas, California in March of this year. Garza did not play in the tournament but no further details were given.
“The suspension applies with immediate effect and means that he is excluded from competing in, or attending, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport,” said a TIU statement.
The TIU conducted an investigation into the allegation before the independent anti-corruption hearing officer Richard H McLaren heard the case on 12 September in Miami.
Garza, 31, was found guilty of breaching Section D.1.d of the tennis anti-corruption program, which states: “No covered person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event.”
Garza is currently ranked No1,065 in the world in singles, with a career-high mark of 294th in 2012.