Daniel Koellerer Appeals Match-Fixing Life Ban

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: Daniel Koellerer of Austria returns a shot to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during day seven of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

On May 31, 2011, Austrian tennis player Daniel Koellerer became the first tennis player in history to be banned from the game for life for match fixing. 

On Monday, Koellerer challenged his lifetime ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Monday was Day 1 of the two-day trial.

Koellerer, who reached as high as No. 55 in the ATP rankings, was found guilty of three violations of anti-corruption rules in sports that occurred between October 2009 and July 2010. The ban was set by the Tennis Integrity, an anti-corruption organization for the men's and women's tours that includes the Grand Slam Committee and the International Tennis Federation.

The 28-year-old Austrian was also fined $100,000. At the time of his indictment, Koellerer's manager said an appeal was possible since Koellerer's wife was pregnant, saying he wasn't sure if Koellerer could afford the legal costs.

One other player has been found guilty of match fixing since Koellerer: David Savic of Serbia. Savic also received a lifetime ban from the sport.

A verdict for Koellerer's case is expect sometime in the beginning of 2012.

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