Swedish tennis player Edvin Gustafsson has been suspended for ten months and fined $10,000 after admitting to multiple breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Progam (TACP) by betting on professional tennis matches.
Six months of the ban and $9,500 of the fine are suspended for two years on the basis that no further offences are committed by the player. He will therefore serve a four month suspension and pay a fine of $500.
Mr Gustafsson voluntarily contacted the Tennis Integrity Unit to self-report his betting, which involved over 1,800 bets placed between 2013 and 2018. None of the wagers involved matches in which he was playing.
Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Charles Hollander QC considered the case and imposed the sanction, which is effective from 27 September 2019.
As a result, Mr Gustafsson is prohibited from competing in, or attending, any sanctioned event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport for the duration of the suspension. Assuming that no further corruption offences are committed, he will be eligible to resume playing tennis from 26 January 2020.
The 24-year old is currently ranked 2,693 in ITF World Tennis Tour singles.
The breach of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program he committed is the offence that prohibits any form of betting on tennis:
Section D.1.a: "No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, wager or attempt to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition.”
The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.
Published 27 September 2019 14:00