A former Australian Open junior boys finalist has been banned from the sport for seven years by the Tennis Integrity Unit after being found guilty of match-fixing offenses at a minor tournament in 2013.
In New South Wales state charged Nick Lindahl with intentionally losing a tennis match on which friends had placed bets at an ITF futures tournament at Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, in September 2013.
Lindahl was convicted last April of using corrupt conduct and fined by a criminal court in Australia.
The TIU disciplinary hearing, held by independent anti-corruption official Richard H. McLaren, found Lindahl guilty of charges of contriving or attempting to contrive the outcome of an event, and failing to co-operate with a TIU investigation. He was banned and fined $35,000, the TIU said in a statement on Tuesday.
A betting agency detected unusual gambling patterns and reported it to police. Lindahl reached a career high ATP ranking of 187 in 2010, when he lost in the first round of the U.S. Open.
Lindahl, retired from the sport in 2013, but the ban prevents him from resuming playing professional tennis for the seven years of the ban, or from attending any tournament sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis during that time.
The panel's interim review is expected to be released next month.