French Umpire Banned By TIU For Betting Breaches

French line umpire David Rocher was barred from officiating for betting on 11 tennis matches between January and October 2019 by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) as well as failing to comply with the TIU inquiry.

The two allegations against Rocher were obviously in breach of the laws of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP). TACP D.1.a states that no official can “wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any event,” and TACP F.2.b states that “all covered persons must cooperate fully with investigations conducted by the TIU including giving evidence at hearings,” thus preventing the intervention of a TIU investigation by the legal council of the defendant.

Mr Rocher admitted betting on the 11 games but refused not to comply with the TIU. Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Ian Mill QC, who oversaw the prosecution, ruled, however that the inquiry did not completely comply with Mr. Rocher.

The umpire was eventually fined for the betting violations for 18 months (with four suspended) in addition to six months.

From 6 December 2020 until 6 February 2022, both bans will run simultaneously, during which time Mr Rocher will not be able to officiate or attend any tennis event approved or licenced by government tennis bodies. Mr Rocher was also fined 5000 euros, suspended 4000 euros.

To foster and safeguard the dignity of global professional tennis, the TIU was set up by the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA.

From 1 January 2021, TIU will move to a separate, autonomous organisation, the International Tennis Integrity Agency.