MARCH 23 2012 17:05h
Koellerer tennis ban upheld
Koellerer, a 28-year-old player from Austria, was informed Jan. 24, 2011, he was banned from competing in events sponsored by the four governing bodies of international tennis, including the Association of Tennis Professionals. The ATP oversees the men's tennis tour.
He was also fined $100,000.
Tennis officials alleged Koellerer approached other players in an attempt to fix matches on five occasions from Oct. 24, 2009, through July 3, 2010. Last May, an Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer determined Koellerer was guilty of the allegations.
Koellerer appealed the ruling but Friday the CAS said it rejected Koellerer's argument regarding standard of proof and upheld the lifetime ban. CAS, however, did rescind the $100,000 fine, saying Koellerer didn't benefit financially from the incidents.
Koellerer reached a career-best world No. 55 ranking in October 2009. He was 19-36 in his ATP career. He didn't win any ATP events but had five wins in the Challengers tour and four in the Futures.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 23 (UPI) -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport Friday upheld a lifetime competition ban against tennis player Daniel Koellerer for allegedly attempting to fix matches.