Russian tennis players Alija Merdeeva and Sofia Dmitrieva have been banned from all competitions for life due to their involvement in match-fixing when they played separately and together in doubles action.

Merdeeva was found guilty of two counts of match-fixing, while Dmitrieva was found guilty of six counts and failing to cooperate with an investigation into the matter.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency didn’t say when or where the match-fixing incidents occurred.

Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev claimed Merdeeva and Dmitrieva received their bans “merely because they didn’t co-operate”.