Kolkata: Spanish tennis player Enrique Lopez-Perez in action against Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri during an Emami Kolkata Open 2015- ATP Challenger match in Kolkata on Feb 24, 2015. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS). Image Source: IANS News

London, Dec 2 : Spanish tennis player Enrique Lopez Perez has been banned from the sport for eight years for his involvement in match fixing activities, the Tennis Integrity Unit said in a statement on Tuesday.

The TIU said that Perez, who had a highest ATP singles ranking of 154 and a highest ATP doubles ranking of 135, had been partaken in three separate instances of match fixing activity in 2017.

"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," the TIU said.

He has additionally been fined $25,000. Perez was provisionally suspended on December 19 prior to the hearing.

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