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Romanian Alexandru-Daniel Carpen has received a life-ban from playing professional tennis after confessing to match-fixing.

... corrupt approach.... in return for payment

A Tennis Integrity Unit investigation discovered he made a Š—“corrupt approachŠ— to an unnamed player Š—“in return for paymentŠ— in October 2013.

Carpen, 30, admitted the charge in 2015 but the decision was delayed for Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy QC to Š—“give full considerationŠ— to a verdict.

Also, the player has been suspended from attending any tournament or event Š—“authorised by the governing bodies of tennisŠ— for four years, backdated to 29 September 2015 when Carpen began a voluntary provisional ban.

Carpen achieved a career-high singles ranking of 1,088 in November, 2007, and reached 274 in doubles two years ago.

Nick Lindahl, Brandon Walkin and Isaac Frost, of Australia, have also been found guilty of tennis corruption offences following a TIU investigation.

Lindahl, 28, who reached 187 in the ATP singles ranking list and retired from the sport in 2013, has been banned for seven years and fined $35,000 for Š—“attempting to contrive the outcome of an event, and failing to co-operate with a TIU investigation."

It followed Lindahl being convicted in April 2016 of "using corrupt conduct information" at Burwood Local Court, New South Wales, after criminal proceedings against him by Australian law enforcement agencies.

Walkin, 22, and Frost, 28, who have achieved four-figure singles rankings, were punished for their association to LindahlŠ—Ès Š—“corrupt activityŠ—.

Walkin has received a six-month ban suspended for six months for "passing a corrupt proposal to another party on behalf of Mr Lindahl".

Frost has served his suspension for Š—“failing to co-operate with a TIU investigationŠ—.

The offences relate to an ITF Futures tournament in Toowoomba, Queensland in September ,2013.

*The TIU is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are Š—“jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennisŠ—.

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Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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