Spanish tennis player banned for 4 years for court-siding

Spanish tennis player Gerard Joseph Platero Rodriguez has been suspended for four years and fined USD 15,000 after being convicted of court-siding, the first player to be charged with the offence.

The Tennis Integrity Unit said ON Wednesday that six months of the ban were suspended on condition that no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program were committed.

It said an investigation established that Rodriguez, who has no ranking, had acted as a court-sider at an ITF tournament held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in July 2019.

Court-siding is a prohibited practice which involves the transmission of live scoring data from a match to a third party for betting purposes.

Rodriquez was also found to have placed 75 online bets on tennis matches during June 2019.

The integrity unit said he also failed to “engage or provide any form of co-operation” during its investigation.