Two Bulgarian Tennis Players Banned for Match Fixing

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Bulgarian brothers and professional tennis players Karen and Yuri Khachatryan have been banned by the Tennis Integrity Unit after they were convicted for betting, match-fixing, and corruption charges in which they were directly involved.

Yuri Khachtryan was given a 10-year ban and fined $50,000 for making corrupt approaches to another player, delaying compliance in the investigation, betting on tennis, and tampering with a device related to the investigation. He is ranked 3,126th in the world, and the lengthy ban will likely derail his career.

Karen Khachatryan was found guilty of match-fixing in five cases, soliciting players nine times not to play their best, and failure to comply with the investigation. He's been provisionally suspended since June 2019, and will no longer ever be sanctioned to compete in any TIU-sanctioned event. Khachatryan will also be forced to pay a $250,000 fine. He is ranked 2,514th in the world.

No comment from the players was available as of press time.

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