Spanish player Aaron Cortes banned for corruption

Cortes was banned from the sport by the International Tennis Integrity Agency until 2039 after being found guilty of 35 corruption charges

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Spanish tennis player Aaron Cortes has been banned from the sport for until 2039 after he admitted to 35 corruption charges.

The 29-year-old was found by the International Tennis Integrity Agency to have fixed the outcome of matches in return for money, gave money to tournament officials in exchange for a wildcard and failed to report instances of being approached for corrupt offers.

Cortes reached a career-high ranking of 955, meaning all the offences in question took place on the Futures and Challengers tours.

The offences took place between 2016 and 2018, and Cortes has “co-operated fully with the ITIA investigation and accepted an agreed sanction.”

The ITIA landed on a 15-year ban from the sport and a $75,000 fine, of which $56,250 is suspended.

The ban extends to playing in, coaching at, or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the ATP, ITF, WTA, or any other national tennis association.

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