Dutch tennis player Yannick Ebbinghaus has been suspended for six months and fined US$10,000 after admitting offenses under Article D.1.a of the 2013 Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.
Three of the six months period of ineligibility will be suspended on the basis that the player commits no future violation of the Program and that he attends anti-corruption education training.
$5,000 of the $10,000 fine will be considered paid in full if the player co-operates with the Tennis Integrity Unit in educating others about the prohibition against betting.
23-year old Mr Ebbinghaus admitted contravening Article D.1.a of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program on 67 occasions between May 2012 and February 2013.
Article D.1.a states that ‘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 case against him was based on the findings of a Tennis Integrity Unit Investigation, which was then considered by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer, Richard H.McLaren.
The sanction applies with immediate effect and means that the player is not eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organised or authorised by the governing bodies of professional tennis.
Consistent with the confidentiality of the anti-corruption disciplinary process, no further details of the case will be made public.
The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Committee, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP World Tour and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.