Spanish tennis player Gerard Joseph becomes First Tennis Player Suspended for Courtsiding

Spanish tennis player Gerard Joseph Platero Rodriguez was suspended for four years for courtsiding. The conviction cost him a fine of $15,000. He is the first player to be charged with that offense.

Court-siding involves transmission of live scoring data from a match to a third party for betting purposes.

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

An investigation established that Rodriguez acted as a courtsider at an ITF tournament held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in July 2019.

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.


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