Anyone ever heard of David Savic? Must admit I hadn't, he was a player who plied his trade almost exclusively in the bottom tiers of the professional circuit in Futures and Challenger events, with a career-best ranking of 363.
The Tennis Integrity Unit found him guilty of trying to fix matches, being the link man between the betting syndicate and players. They must have had some pretty damning evidence to suspend him for life with a fine on top of US$100k - more money than he'd have made in his entire career.
David Savic Anti-Corruption Disciplinary Hearing
Player banned for life and fined US$100,000 for three violations under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program
Serbian tennis player David Savic has been banned from the sport for life and fined US$100,000 after being found guilty of offenses under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.
Mr Savic was found guilty of three charges under Article D of the 2010 Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program, namely:
Contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an Event;
Soliciting or facilitating a Player not to use his or her best efforts in an Event; and;
Soliciting, offering or providing money, benefit or Consideration to any other covered person with the intention of negatively influencing a Player’s best efforts in any Event
The three violations of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program for which he has been disciplined occurred in October 2010.
If you are 26 years old and still hacking around on the Futures circuit, then you've probably found a source of income from somewhere else to keep you going. ost players will be taking buses wherever they can go, sharing hotel rooms etc. Question is - where did the corruption actually take place? It couldn't have been at one of the crappy events he was playing in, the potential to earn from a fixed match at that level isn't worth it. The player denies the charges and will appeal.