TIU Press Release, June 30, 2020
Brazil’s Pertti Vesantera has been banned for five years and fined $15,000 after being found guilty of corruption offences including betting on tennis, facilitating betting and non-reporting, which are all breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).
Two years of the five year ban are suspended on condition that he commits no further breaches of the TACP. The $15,000 fine must be paid by the end of the third year of suspension.
A Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation into allegations of corruption against the 38-year old revealed that he had:
- placed 184 online bets on tennis matches between 3 January 2019 and 6 March 2019
- failed to report knowledge or suspicion of the corrupt activity of a third party
- facilitated the betting of a third party by opening a bank account in his own name and depositing money on behalf of the third party
- failed to co-operate with a TIU investigation into his alleged corrupt activity
A disciplinary case against Mr Vesantera was adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof Richard McLaren, at a disciplinary Hearing held by videoconference on 10 June 2020. Prof McLaren’s findings of guilt and imposition of the sanction means that with effect from 30 June 2020 he is prohibited from playing in or attending any tennis event authorised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of tennis for three years.
In addition to being a former player, Mr Vesantera is a Level 2 tennis coach.
The relevant Sections of the TACP covering the offences are as follows:
Section D.1.a. – No Covered Person