Tennis: Japan to get tougher on tennis players after Mitsuhashi life ban
Japan Today -- May 18
Japan's Junn Mitsuhashi has cast a shadow over Japanese tennis after getting banned for life for match-fixing offenses, a senior official said Wednesday.

The 27-year-old was booted out of the sport and fined $50,000 after being found guilty of offering money for players to underperform and breaking gambling rules by placing 76 bets on matches in 2015.

Mitsuhashi, a former junior doubles partner of Japanese star Kei Nishikori who peaked at 295 in the world singles rankings in 2009, also failed to cooperate with a Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation into the allegations, also a serious breach of protocol.

Japan Tennis Association managing director Tsuyoshi Fukui said Mitsuhashi's case would force stricter education of players.

Mitsuhashi asked Joshua Chetty to approach another player about fixing a match at an ITF Futures tournament in South Africa in November 2015, according to the TIU.

The sport's anti-corruption body said Mitsuhashi had offered Chetty -- himself banned for life last September following a separate probe -- $2,000 for a singles match and $600 for a doubles match.

Mitsuhashi was also found guilty of making similar advances in Lagos the following month.

News source: Japan Today
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