Wimbledon player Farah banned over gambling charge
London, July 13 (AFP) Colombia's Robert Farah, who played at Wimbledon this year, was today banned for three months and fined USD 5,000 after promoting a gambling website on social media, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced.
However, the 31-year-old, a runner-up at the Australian Open this year in men's doubles with compatriot Juan Sebastian Cabal, had his punishment suspended on the basis that no further breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) are committed within the three months.
The TIU said that in February, Farah posted a tweet endorsing an online betting company, in contravention of anti-corruption rules.
"When contacted by the Tennis Integrity Unit, Farah removed the post, apologised for his error and co-operated fully with the investigation," said a TIU statement.
Farah, 31, is currently ranked 16 in doubles.
He and Cabal were seeded six at Wimbledon but were knocked out in the third round