Great Britain's Patrick Keane has been suspended from professional tennis for six months and received a $5,000 fine for betting on tennis offences. Keane, 24, placed multiple bets on four separate betting accounts between August 18 - September 18, 2019.
However, his ban and fine will be drastically reduced if he commits no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program. "British tennis player Patrick Keane has been suspended from professional tennis for six months and fined $5,000 for betting on tennis offences.
Three months of the suspension and $4,500 of the fine are suspended on condition that he commits no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP)," the TIU said in a released statement. "On that basis, Mr Keane will serve a three month suspension, effective from 30 March 2020, and pay a fine of $500.
"Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy QC adjudicated the case and imposed the disciplinary sanction, noting in mitigation the player’s co-operation, his admission of the offences and that none of the bets involved matches in which he played.
"When interviewed as part of a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation into the case, Mr Keane admitted to holding four betting accounts and to placing six bets on tennis matches between 18 August 2019 and 18 September 2019.
"As a result, he is suspended from competing in, or attending any sanctioned event organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport from Monday 30 March 2020 to Monday 29 June 2020." Keane is unranked as he hasn't played since 2018.
The Briton lost each of his two matches played in 2018.