Austrian Koellerer punished for breaking rules on betting

LONDON (Reuters) - Austrian player Daniel Koellerer was given a suspended three-month ban after admitting using his personal website to facilitate betting on matches, the Tennis Integrity Unit said on Thursday.

The 27-year-old, ranked 134th in the world, was also handed a suspended 15,000 euros ($19,250) fine which, like the ban, would be triggered if he committed a similar offence in the next two years. His manager Manfred Nareyka was also disciplined.

Koellerer's website included a link to a gambling site that enabled fans to place bets on matches.

The Tennis Integrity Unit was established by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the ATP and WTA Tours to protect the sport from corruption and betting scandals.

"Tennis Integrity Unit investigation found that Mr. Koellerer's personal website carried details of betting odds on tennis matches and provided links to allow users to place bets," a statement said.

"The offence of facilitating betting contravenes Article D1b of the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program."

All players must sign up to the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.

Earlier this year, Russian player Ekaterina Bychkova was suspended for 30 days and missed the Australian Open after the Tennis Integrity Unit found that she failed to report that she was asked to provide inside information and throw matches.

There was no suggestion that she had been involved in fixing matches.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Sonia Oxley)