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Tennis player suspended three years after admitting to fixing match

Tennis player Barbara Gatica Avilés was suspended for three years on Thursday for fixing a match.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency said that Gatica Avilés was paid to purposely lose a match in 2016, a violation which she admitted to the agency.

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Tennis player suspended three years after admitting to fixing match

Barbara Gatica Avilés of Chile reacts during the third day of the Tennis Fed Cup, American Zone Group 1 at Club Deportivo La Asuncion in Toluca, Mexico, on Feb. 8, 2017.
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“The case was ruled on by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Raj Parker and the sanction means that Gatica Avilés is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis for a period of three years, starting on 9 December 2022 until 8 December 2025,” the agency said in a statement.

The 26-year-old was also fined $5,000 for the fix.

Gatica Avilés also received a suspension in May for an anti-doping violation. According to Tennis Now, she tested positive for Boldenone, a substance that is on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Barbara Gatica Avilés of Chile serves during her singles quarterfinal match at the I ODESUR South American Youth Games in Lima, Peru, on Sept. 22, 2013.

Barbara Gatica Avilés of Chile serves during her singles quarterfinal match at the I ODESUR South American Youth Games in Lima, Peru, on Sept. 22, 2013.
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The Chile native is currently ranked No. 256 in the world. Her career-best WTA ranking is 158, but she has never played in a grand slam.

Gatica Avilés has made $26,598 in prize money this season, but has not participated in a tournament since late May, just before her doping suspension.

Barbara Gatica Avilés of Chile reacts during the fourth day of the Tennis Fed Cup American Zone Group 1 at Club Deportivo La Asuncion in Toluca, Mexico, on Feb. 9, 2017.

Barbara Gatica Avilés of Chile reacts during the fourth day of the Tennis Fed Cup American Zone Group 1 at Club Deportivo La Asuncion in Toluca, Mexico, on Feb. 9, 2017.
(Jaime Lopez/Jam Media/Latin Content/Getty Images)

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Two French players were banned for life last week after admitting to “multiple charges” of match fixing; they are not allowed to even attend any sanctioned events. They were found guilty of a combined 15 charges.

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