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Mitsuhashi banned for life for match-fixing

AP, Kyodo

Junn Mitsuhashi, who reached a career ranking high of No. 295 in 2009, was banned for life Tuesday for match-fixing and fined $50,000.

The Tennis Integrity Unit said in a statement that Mitsuhashi was found guilty of “making corrupt approaches to other players, betting on tennis matches and refusing to co-operate” with the TIU investigation.

The 27-year-old Mitsuhashi asked Joshua Chetty, a player he used to coach, to approach another player in an ITF Futures tournament in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in November 2015.

The amount Mitsuhashi offered to underperform was $2,000 for singles and $600 for doubles, according to the report.

In December 2015, Mitsuhashi directly approached a different player to fix a match at another ITF event in Nigeria.

Mitsuhashi, who was ranked 1,997th at the end of 2015, also placed 76 bets on matches in October-November of that year.

Chetty was banned for life in 2016 after a separate TIU investigation.

“Things like this absolutely cannot happen. We can only continue what we have been doing (to prevent corruption),” Japan Tennis Association senior official Hajime Takahashi said.

According to the JTA, Mitsuhashi became the national junior high school champion in 2004 and partnered current world No. 9 Kei Nishikori in doubles at the 2005 Junior Davis Cup.