Tennis Body Slaps Spanish Player With 8 Years of Suspension

Published 12/01/2020, 8:29 AM EST
A general view inside the Wimbledon Number 1 court with the new fixed and retractable roof after the Wimbledon Spring Press Conference 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on April 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


It seems that the problems for Spanish Tennis player Enrique Lopez Perez have further increased. The 29-year-old has got an 8-year ban from the sport for match-fixing. The authorities found Perez guilty for doing fixing on three separate occasions in 2017.

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To add to this, Perez will also have to pay a fine of $25,000. After the ban, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) also issued a statement regarding the matter.

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“The disciplinary case was heard by anti-corruption hearing officer Richard McLaren on 5 November 2020. He found that Enrique Lopez Perez breached the rules of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme three times at tournaments in 2017, with two further charges unproven,” said TUI in a press conference.

The Spaniard participated in the tournaments in Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Egypt, and Pakistan during his tour in 2017. He even faced a fine of £18,750 for reportedly doing match-fixing.

Perez faced a provisional suspension from tennis in December 2019. Although they were allegations back then, the authorities believed that until the investigations were going on, he needed to stay away from the sport. However, he’ll be out from the sport completely for 8 years from now.

A tough day for the Spanish tennis player

A general view during the singles final between Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and David Goffin of Belgium during day eight of the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals at O2 Arena on November 19, 2017, in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It’s surely not a great day for both Perez and tennis fans. The 29-year-old attained his career-high ranking of 154 in 2018 and best doubles ranking of 135 in 2019.

He was definitely having a promising career before the mishappening took place. Fixing has been one of the ugliest things in any sport. It not only pollutes the sport but also sets a bad example for the younger generation.

The future of Perez is certainly not in his hands any longer. Fans definitely hope that such instances should not be repeated in order to protect the very identity of the sport.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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