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Serbian Tennis Star Savic Loses Appeal Against Lifetime Ban

Sport's highest court of appeal has thrown out a Serbian tennis player's appeal to have a lifetime ban for attempted match-fixing lifted.

The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on September 6 confirmed the decision of the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) that David Savic be permanently banned from participating in any event organized or sanctioned by any tennis governing body.

Savic was ranked 659th in the world when he was banned by the TIU in October for offenses committed in 2010.

TIU took up the case after it received evidence that Savic offered another tennis player "to fix the outcome of tennis matches."

Savic is the second player to be banned for life after Austrian Daniel Koellerer was found guilty of a similar violation in May 2011.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters