In the latest troubling incident in professional tennis, Italy’s Daniele Bracciali partially admitted to match-fixing during a hearing this past week with authorities.
The Associated Press first brought the news to light.
Bracciali and his occasional doubles partner Potito Starace were brought in on corruption accusations after intercepted Internet conversations showing they sold matches were released and printed in Italian media several weeks ago. Neither player has competed since doubles quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow when the intercepted conversations were published.
“He admitted a few things and he denied a few things” Italian investigator Roberto Di Martino told The Associated Press.
While the ‘Last Bet’ operation was responsible in placing over 100 people under investigation in Italy over the past three years, Di Martino comment on reports that former Swedish tennis player Tomas Nydahl was a part of the investigations for attempting to consistently recruit players to fix matches on the tour.
This is far from the first case of match fixing in tennis. Prior this this particular incident, lifetime bans were dealt to Daniel Koellerer (2011), David Savic (2012), and Andrey Kumantsov (2014). Spain’s Guillermo Olaso has been banned from tennis competition for five years after he was found guilty of fixing a match back in 2010.