July 30, 2021

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Moroccan sweep nets six for alleged match-fixing

The ITIA (the International Tennis Integrity Agency) announced on Wednesday provisional suspensions for no fewer than six Moroccan players.

The six are suspended, pending an inquiry into match-fixing allegations.

In the meantime, they are prohibited from competing in or attending any sanctioned tennis events.

Here they are, in brief.

Amine Ahouda

Age: 23
Current ranking: No. 1743T
Highest ranking: No. 668 (June 2017)
Highest junior ranking: No. 82
Last tournament played: Casablanca 15K (July 2019)

Anas Chakrouni

Age: 21
Current ranking: –
Highest ranking: –
Highest junior ranking: No. 844
Last tournament played: Monastir 15K (July 2021)

Ayoub Chakrouni

Age: 30
Current ranking: “Inactive”
Highest ranking: No. 1098 (Sept. 2016)
Highest junior ranking: –
Last tournament played: Monastir 15K (March 2021)

Mohamed Zakaria Khalil

Age: 21
Current ranking: –
Highest ranking: No. 2401 (June 2019)
Highest junior ranking: No. 576
Last tournament played: Morocco F4 Futures (Aug. 2018)

Soufiane El Mesbahi

Age: 20
Current ranking: No. 1827T (Doubles)
Highest ranking: No. 1465 (Nov. 2017)
Highest junior ranking: No. 185
Last tournament played:

Yassir Kilani

Age: 20
Current ranking: No. 1508
Highest ranking: No. 1317 (Aug. 2019)
Highest junior ranking: No. 58 (March 2018)
Last tournament played: M15 Agadir (Aug. 2019)

What’s a bit of a shock is how young nearly all of them are.

Ahouda has played Davis Cup on several occasions, posting an 8-6 record.

And Kilani, while he didn’t leave North Africa that often, had a sterling record in the juniors.

He’s currently listed as a sophomore on the Tyler Junior College tennis team.

(Mug shots from the ATP Tour – Ahouda – and YouTube – Kilani, bottom).