TIU Bans And Fines Gerard Joseph Platero Rodriguez

After his court arrest, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) handed a four-year ban and $15,000 fine to Spanish tennis player Gerard Joseph Platero Rodriguez.

The player has been the first to be charged with the offence, which includes the transmission for betting purposes of live scoring data from a match to a third party.

On condition that no more violations of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) are committed, six months of his four-year suspension will be suspended.

Players and coaches are prohibited from any form of involvement with tennis betting and wagering services as part of the TACP. This involves placing bets on the result or some other aspect of tennis matches, directly or indirectly.

Furthermore, it is also illegal to encourage tennis betting. This involves showing live betting odds on the website of a player, writing articles or websites for a tennis betting publication, and promoting a tennis betting company via social media.

The investigation found that in July 2019, Rodriguez acted as a court leader at an ITF M15 tournament held in Pittsburgh, USA. In violation of the explicit prohibition on any form of betting on tennis, he was also found to have made 75 online bets on tennis matches during June 2019.

In addition, the unranked player failed to participate or provide any sort of cooperation as requested by the TACP during the course of the investigation and the subsequent disciplinary process.