London - Australia's
Calum Puttergill has been suspended for six months and fined $10,000
after being found guilty of a betting-related corruption offence, the
Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced on Friday.
Puttergill was found to have used two online betting accounts to place 291 bets on tennis between May 2012 and November 2014.
of the bets related to matches in which the 23-year-old played, but
under TIU rules, all players are explicitly prohibited from betting on
any professional tennis match anywhere in the world.
three months of the suspension and $5,000 of the fine are suspended on
the condition that Puttergill commits no further violation prior to July
Puttergill has a current doubles ranking of 891 and 1,207 in singles.
punishment comes on the eve of the Australian Open, which starts on
Monday amid frustration over growing corruption in the sport in
Australia's Nick Lindahl was banned for seven years and
fined $35,000 for corruption on Tuesday as tennis authorities step up
their fight against match-fixing.
In a separate incident, police
recently revealed an 18-year-old, reported to be Australian Open boys
champion Oliver Anderson, had been charged with match-fixing at the
second-tier Traralgon Challenger event last October and would appear in
court in March.
Romania's Mihaita Damian was also suspended on
Friday, receiving a 12-month ban and a $5,300 fine after being found
guilty of a betting-related corruption offence.
1,645 in doubles, held two online betting accounts through which 199
bets were placed on tennis between November 2011 and February 2013.
None of the bets related to matches in which he played, but the 23-year-old's suspension applies with immediate effect.