Banned Serb tennis player denies match-fixing

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- The Serbian tennis player who received a life ban for attempting to fix matches has denied the accusations.

The Tennis Integrity Unit found 659th-ranked David Savic guilty Saturday and fined him $100,000 for three violations of the sport's international anti-corruption program.

The 26-year-old Savic says in a written statement that for "unknown reasons" he was set up by an unnamed "current top player" who told the TIU that Savic asked him to fix a match in exchange for money.

Savic says "that is an absolute lie."

Savic is the second tennis player to get a lifetime ban. In May, Austrian player Daniel Koellerer was banned for match-fixing.