Greek professional tennis player Alexandros Jakupovic has been banned from the sport for life after being found guilty of breaking the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program’s rules on match-fixing.
The confirmation of the lifetime ban follows a decision announced last month that Jakupovic, 33, had been found guilty of five corruption charges.
Independent anti-corruption hearing officer Jane Mulcahy QC considered the case at a hearing held in London at the end of September, following an investigation carried out by the Tennis Integrity Unit.
The lifetime ban takes immediate effect and means that the player is permanently ineligible to compete in or attend any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.
The five charges laid and proven against Jakupovic under Section D of the 2013 and 2014 Programs include: attempting to contrive the outcome of an event, soliciting or facilitating any player to not use his or her best efforts in any event, and offering or providing any money, benefit or consideration to any other person with the intention of negatively influencing a player’s best efforts in any event.
Two charges related to the player's obligation to report to the TIU as soon as possible any incidents of being approached by attempted match-fixers.
Jakupovic has only ever reached a career-high ranking of 267 during his playing career, and played just two ATP challenger tournaments this season, losing both matches.