LONDON (AP) — Chinese tennis player Baoluo Zheng has been banned for nine months after admitting that he attempted to fix a match, the International Tennis Integrity Agency said Friday.
"The 21-year-old player approached an opponent and offered money in return for deliberately losing a match at a tournament in Egypt in October 2022," the agency said in a statement.
Baoluo, whose career-high ranking is No. 525 in doubles, was also fined $5,000 though $2,000 is suspended.
He was provisionally suspended on Oct. 27 after having played in a tournament in Sharm El Sheikh.
The ITIA said the case was handled under an "agreed sanction" framework, allowing for a sanction to be handed down "upon admission of guilt, without the need for a hearing."