Banned Tennis Player Guilty Of Match-Fixing

March 6, 2023

The world of tennis has been rocked by a high-level scandal involving professional players found guilty of numerous match-fixing offenses.

Three players were recently exposed after several investigations regarding 179 offenses in total. Younes Rachidi, a Moroccan professional tennis player, was once a rising star in the world of tennis. However, he’ll go down in history as the player involved in 135 match-fixing actions.

In this article, we’ll take a look at Rachidi’s career and the controversy surrounding his involvement in match-fixing.

Early Career

Rachidi was born on November 14, 1982, in Casablanca, Morocco. Guided by his family, he started playing tennis at a young age and quickly became one of the top junior players in Morocco.

In 2001, the Moroccan won the African Junior Championship in singles and doubles as well. These achievements earned him a scholarship to attend the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, where he trained with some of the best tennis players in the world, a much-needed booster for his career. 

Professional Career

Starting in 2002, Rachidi started playing in professional tournaments all across the globe. He quickly made a name for himself as a promising young player, winning his first Futures title in Casablanca in 2003.

Shortly after, in 2004, he reached his first ATP Challenger final in Istanbul, Turkey, where he lost to German player Philipp Kohlschreiber. His great matches and consistency also helped Rachidi represent Morocco in the Davis Cup, helping his country reach the African Zone Group I.

Over the next few years, Rachidi continued to play in a series of international tournaments and work on his skills. He managed to win multiple Futures titles and reached several Challenger finals. He also reached his career-high singles ranking of 753 in the world in 2008.

Match-Fixing Scandal

Despite a promising career and plenty of room to grow in future years, Rachidi’s name became associated with the biggest match-fixing scandal in tennis history to date.

The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) launched an investigation into Rachidi’s matches after suspicious betting patterns were detected. Rachidi was accused of intentionally losing matches in exchange for money from a match-fixing syndicate.

The investigation did not uncover if any bookmakers were involved in this operation. Still, it’s safe to say that no reputable African online sportsbooks would take part in such behaviors. The TIU’s investigation revealed that Rachidi had engaged in match-fixing numerous times during his career.

Therefore, the ITIA – International Tennis Integrity Agency (the successor of ITU) – announced on the 9th of February that the player was banned for life. 

In total, there were no less than 135 breaches of match-fixing regulations during his career. Besides the life ban from professional tennis matches, the player also received a ban of $34,000.

The authorities also discovered the Moroccan did not act alone.

Two players from Algeria, Mohammed Hassan, and Houria Boukholda were also hit limited bans for a total of 44 other offenses. So, it’s only natural for the ITIA to continue the investigations as there’s a high chance for other similar groups operating in the professional circuit. 

Impact on Tennis

Rachidi’s match-fixing scandal had a significant impact on the world of tennis. It highlighted the problem of match-fixing in the sport and the need for stronger measures to prevent it.

The ITIA has since implemented several new measures, including a stricter code of conduct, increased monitoring of betting patterns, and stronger sanctions for match-fixing.

Rachidi’s scandal also had a personal impact on him and his family. He lost his career and his reputation as a promising player. His family was devastated by the news and struggled to come to terms with the scandal.

In an interview with the New York Times, Rachidi’s father said, “We have lost everything. Our family name has been destroyed.” 


Younes Rachidi was a promising tennis player who had the potential to become a top player in the world.

However, his career was cut short by a match-fixing scandal that rocked the tennis world. His involvement in match-fixing not only had a personal impact on him and his family but also highlighted the problem of match-fixing in the sport.

It is essential that tennis continues to take strong measures to prevent match-fixing and protect the integrity of the sport.

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