Spanish tennis player, Enrique Lopez Perez has been banned for eight years after an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) found that he had partaken in three separate instances of match fixing activity in 2017. Additionally, he has been fined $25,000 (US).
The disciplinary case was heard by Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Richard McLaren on 5 November 2020.
He found that Perez breached the rules of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme (TACP) three times at tournaments in 2017, with two further charges unproven.
The subsequent sanction means that from December 1, 2020, the player is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis for eight years.
Perez,, who had a highest ATP singles ranking of 154 (13/08/2018) and a highest ATP doubles ranking of 135 (22/04/2019), had been provisionally suspended on 19 December 2019 prior to the hearing.
The breach of the Tennis Anti-corruption Programme (TACP) that the 29-year-old Perez has been found guilty of is:
Section D.1.d. of the 2017 TACP:
“No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.”