London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – The Tennis Integrity Unit has slapped Italian player Claudia Coppola with a six-month suspension and a $4,000 fine after admitting corruption charges related to match fixing.
The TIU said the fine will be reduced to US$3,000 if she completes a TIU anti-corruption training program.
The case against Coppola was based on the findings of a TIU investigation which was then considered by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer, Richard McLaren.
Consistent with the confidentiality of the anti-corruption disciplinary process, no further details of the case will be made public.
The 18-year old Coppola, ranked 86th in the world and plays mostly on the second-tier ITF circuit, admitted contravening Articles D.1.d and D.1.e of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program, namely:
• Article D.1.d – No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event
• Article D.1.e – No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, solicit or facilitate any Player to not use his or her best efforts in any Event
The suspension applies with immediate effect and means that the player is not eligible to participate in any tournament or competition organized or authorized by the governing bodies of professional tennis.
The TIU is an initiative of the Grand Slam Committee, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP World Tour and the WTA, who are jointly committed to a zero tolerance approach to corruption in tennis.