In a big update, former Moroccan tennis player Younes Rachidi has been banned from the sport after being found guilty of a total of 135 match fixing offences. The 36-year-old tennis player was recently involved in a fixing with two Algerian players who were banned by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA).
According to the ITIA, Younes Rachidi has the highest number of offences by any individual ever detected. With this decision, the Moroccan international is now permanently prohibited from playing, coaching or even attending any authorised or sanctioned tennis tournament by its governing bodies. He has also been handed a fine worth USD 34,000 in addition to the life ban.
“The case was ruled on by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Janie Soubliere who found all charges proved, the 135 breaches ‘egregious’ and imposed a fine of USD 34,000 in addition to the life ban,” the ITIA said in a statement on Thursday.
Talking about his tennis career, Rachidi had the highest ATP doubles ranking of 473. Meanwhile his highest ATP ranking in singles is 753. His last tournament came in 2017 at the Morocco ITF F4.