British tennis player Patrick Keane has been suspended from professional tennis for six months and fined $5,000 for betting on tennis offences, according to a press release from the Tennis Integrity Unit. Three months of the suspension and $4,500 of the fine are suspended on the condition that he commits no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).
Based on that, Keane will serve a three month suspension, effective from 30 March 2020, and pay a fine of $500. 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.
Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Jane Mulcahy QC imposed the disciplinary sanction, and also took note of the player’s co-operation, his admission of the offences and that none of the bets were related to matches in which he played.
Keane had admitted to holding four betting accounts and to placing six bets on tennis matches between 18 August 2019 and 18 September 2019. As per the rules, all betting on tennis by players and other Covered Persons is strictly prohibited.
Keane has not been ranked as per the ITF website. He has played 12 singles events and 4 doubles events as per the ITF website, the last of them coming in May 2018. The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP Tour and the WTA Tour, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.
It has the ability to impose fines and sanctions, and ban players, umpires, and other tennis officials from participating in tournaments.