Tennis Anti-Corruption: Chinese Peng Shuai Banned For Code Breach
According to Tennis Integrity Unit, the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has been disciplined for breaching the sport’s anti-corruption code by attempting to change her doubles partner after sign-in deadline.
As a penalty she receives a six months ban, with three months suspension, and $10,000 fine, with $5,000 suspended.
The 32-year old is currently ranked 20 in doubles and 80 in singles. She was the number one ranked doubles player in February 2014 and has a career-best singles ranking of 14 achieved in August 2011.
Highest-profile TIU offender to date:
Former doubles #1 Peng Shuai given a three-month ban (with three more months of suspended ban) for “attempting to change her doubles partner after sign-in deadline” at Wimbledon 2017.
Peng’s then-coach, Bertrand Perret, also punished. pic.twitter.com/DInvsKHRtF
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 8, 2018
Peng Shuai was found to have used coercion and offered the possibility of financial reward in return for her main draw partner agreeing to withdraw from the ladies doubles event at Wimbledon 2017. Although the offer was refused and Peng Shuai did not subsequently compete at The Championships, it constituted a breach of Section D.1.d of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).
The suspension applies with immediate effect and means that the player cannot compete in or attend any event organised, sanctioned or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.
Assuming no further breaches of the TACP are committed, Peng Shuai will be eligible to play again on 8 November 2018.
Turns out that Peng Shuai was originally entered into Wimbledon 2017 with Alison van Uytvanck. Guess she must have reported it to the TIU. Wonder who Peng wanted to play with…
— Ian DW (@sportdw) August 8, 2018
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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