A tennis player in Belgium has been suspended for placing wagers on professional tennis matches, reports the associated press.
To what can be termed as a strict disciplinary action from the sporting authority, Benjamin D’Hoe has been suspended for six months of which five months are suspended; he will not be able to participate in any professional tournament for the next 30 days, following the suspension.
Professional players are not allowed to place wagers on sports betting sites or even indulge in betting on online gambling websites.
22-year-old D’Hoe, has been a professional player with his career best in 2017 when he ranked No. 782 worldwide.
Following the investigation, D’Hoe admitted to wagering on professional Tennis matches. He said that he had placed over 900 different bets on professional tennis matches in the past year. He said that most of the stakes were of low value.
The Tennis Integrity Unit slapped the six-month ban with five months suspended provided that D’Hoe is not found violating any disciplinary code of conduct including betting on professional tennis matches.
The Integrity Unit also imposed a $3,000 fine on the tennis player; however, $ 2,500 of the amount was suspended.
The fact that D’Hoe accepted his mistakes and reported it to the Tennis Integrity Unit worked in his favor, and it was considered by the authority while deciding on his suspension and relaxing the amount of fine imposed.
D’Hoe, also said that he did not place any wagers on the games in which he had participated.