A wayward tennis player accused by colleagues of "terrorising" them has been banned for life from the sport.
The international ATP Tour’s Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) committee informed Daniel Köllerer yesterday (Tues) that he must not perform as a player anymore in his life. Köllerer was also banned from working as a coach.
The former Davis Cup player is accused of trying to manipulate matches. Köllerer attempted to get opponents not to give their best, according to investigations by the TIU. The committee said its verdict was based on three confirmed cases of attempted match-fixing.
Köllerer – who was also fined 100,000 US dollars (69,000 Euros) – said today he did not breach any rules. He said: "I’m against cheating as much as I oppose doping and taking drugs. The accusations brought forward against my person are utter nonsense."
Köllerer said he planned to appeal the verdict "because it means an employment ban for me."