Player disciplined for betting on professional tennis matches and failing to co-operate with a TIU investigation

Thai tennis player Jatuporn Nalamphun has been suspended for a period of 18 months and fined US$5,000 after being found guilty of offenses under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (Program).

The unranked 22-year old admitted to three breaches of Section D.1.a of the Program, which prohibits betting on tennis matches, between July and November 2014.

Independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Ian Mill QC imposed a suspension of six months and a fine of US$5,000 for the betting offenses.

Mr Nalamphun contested, but was found guilty of a further charge of failing to co-operate with a TIU Investigation, laid under Section F.2 of the Program.

For this very serious charge the player received an 18 months suspension. In reaching his decision on an appropriate sanction Mr Mill noted that "the full and timely co-operation by participants in TIU investigations is of paramount importance in the efforts being made by the TIU to eliminate corruption in professional tennis."

Both periods of ineligibility will run concurrently and apply with immediate effect. This means that the player is ineligible to compete in or attend any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.

Mr Mill issued his full Decision on the case, including sanctions, on 16 February 2016.

Consistent with the confidentiality of the independent Anti-Corruption Hearing process, no further details of the Hearing or Decision will be made public.

The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP World Tour and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.

Published 17 February 2016 10:52

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