Italian tennis player Alessio di Mauro has been
banned from tennis for nine months and fined £30,000 for betting on
He becomes the first
player to be punished by the ATP's strict anti-corruption rules after an
investigation concluded he had bet on tennis, although had not attempted to bet
on his own matches or influence their outcome.
The ban comes as the
Nikolay Davydenko continues to be investigated for possible match-fixing after
unusual betting patterns were discovered when he took on Martin Vassallo
Arguello in Poland in August.
Mauro, who is number 124 in the world, was found guilty following an
investigation launched in April. The independent anti-corruption hearing
officer, Dr Peter Bratschi, imposed the penalty after he was told that Di Mauro
had placed bets on matches from November 2, 2006 to June 12, 2007. The ban will
run from Monday until August 12 next year.
"This ruling underlines the
ATP's stated policy of not tolerating players, associates or staff gambling on
tennis," said Gayle David Bradshaw, the ATP's administrator of rules and
competition. "The ATP requested that the maximum sentence be imposed and whilst
we would have preferred a longer suspension, we recognise that the independent
Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer has to administer sanctions related to the
specifics of the case and not as a general prevention.
"This is the
first player to be sanctioned under the programme and we found no evidence of
any attempt by the player to bet on his own matches. We also found no evidence
of any attempt to affect the outcome of any matches."