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13th September 2015
• 20-year old Swedish player with a career-high ranking of 1501 sanctioned with a four month suspension and $3,000 fine after admitting to betting breaches
Swedish tennis player David Norfeldt has been suspended and fined after admitting to betting on tennis, a breach of the sport’s Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). The 20-year old admitted to placing 195 bets between April 2016 and January 2017. None of the wagers involved matches he played in and there were no other breaches of integrity rules associated with the offence.
In a ruling by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Ian Mill QC, Mr Norfeldt was suspended for eight (8) months and fined $6,000. Four (4) months of the ban and $3,000 of the fine are suspended provided the player commits no further breaches of the TACP.
This means that with effect from 14 March 2019, Mr Norfeldt cannot compete in, or attend, any tournament or event organised or sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport. Assuming no further offences are committed, he will be eligible to resume playing tennis from 13 July 2019. The relevant section of the TACP which relates to betting offences is:
• D.1.a: No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, wager or attempt to wager on the outcome or any other aspect of any Event or any other tennis competition.
Mr Norfeldt has a career-high singles ranking of 1501 ATP, achieved in October 2017. The Tennis Integrity Unit is an initiative of the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.
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