Sunday, May 27, 2018

Nishikori 'sad' to see Kicker found guilty of match-fixing

 Nicolas Kicker found guilty of match-fixing
Nishikori 'sad' to see Kicker found guilty of match-fixing

Kei Nishikori said on Sunday that it was "sad" to see Argentinian Nicolas Kicker found guilty of match-fixing.

Nishikori, who saw off French youngster Maxime Janvier 7-6 (7/0), 6-4, 6-3 in the French Open first round, was due to practice with Kicker at Roland Garros last week.

World number 84 Kicker was found guilty of fixing two matches on the second-tier Challenger Tour in 2015 and could face a lifetime ban.

"Well, yeah, honestly, very sad. Because I think he's good player. He can be a top-50 player," said Nishikori after his win on Sunday.

Kicker reached the third round of the Australian Open in January this year and the also the third round at the Indian Wells Masters.

He was also found guilty of failing to report a corrupt approach and of not co-operating with a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation into the allegations made against him.

"Well, I don't want to say I understand him, but I think some of the players have a tough life from the beginning," added Nishikori.

"I think some people have no money, and you've got to be strong to say no to everything."