Cermak and Mertinak suspended for betting on matches

07-21-2008, 05:36 PM
I wonder if anyone else will be suspended in wake of the ATP probe.


Cermak and Mertinak banned in betting probe - ATP

PARIS (AFP) — Tennis players Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak have been suspended after being found guilty of gambling on matches, the ATP announced on Monday.

Cermak, a Czech doubles player, was found guilty of betting on matches other than his own between September 2006 and February 2007 by the probe conducted by the ATP.

He was fined 15,000 dollars and banned him for 10 weeks by the ATP.

Slovak Mertinak, ranked 616th in the world, was charged with gambling on the outcomes of matches in October 2006.

He was handed a two-week suspension.

The ATP said its investigation had found no evidence to suggest that either player had tried to rig results of the matches concerned.

The bans take effect as of July 21.

In April, a report into betting in the sport found irregularities in 45 matches played in the last five years, with its authors urging tennis's three ruling bodies (ATP, WTA and ITF) to implement radical change.

07-21-2008, 05:37 PM


07-21-2008, 05:38 PM


again they ban the no-names and say they fight against fixing :rolleyes:

07-21-2008, 05:38 PM
Should be ignoring these petty cases and banning the real criminals like Davydenko, Volandri, Vassallo and Gabashvilli.

Black Adam
07-21-2008, 05:41 PM
They shoul make a bigger statement by suspending the bigest cheat of all, Davydenko. And a 2 week ban is nothing unless it's during the grasscourt season and you happen to be a grass specialist.

07-21-2008, 05:47 PM
The ATP said its investigation had found no evidence to suggest that either player had tried to rig results of the matches concerned.


So who gives a shit then? The ATP can add this to another one of it's long list of failures. Where's the info on the matches that cost many bettors alot of money?

07-21-2008, 05:52 PM
:silly: :haha:

07-21-2008, 06:15 PM
What´s the problem in betting anyway...
Jaja ATP with fear and taking nonsense punishments.

Horatio Caine
07-21-2008, 06:16 PM

07-21-2008, 06:18 PM
2 Weeks?! 10 Weeks?!

My god, with punishments as severe as those dished out, these guys will never commit another crime as long as they live and in years to come they'll be cited as role-models for the up and comers who fancy betting themselves ... :rolleyes:

I can't see these guys breaking the habit of a lifetime over a 2 week sentence.

07-21-2008, 06:21 PM

07-21-2008, 07:23 PM
oh my lord

07-21-2008, 07:37 PM

07-21-2008, 07:40 PM
They can focus on full-time gambling in that time.

07-21-2008, 08:17 PM

07-21-2008, 08:23 PM
Everything is ridiculous here. What's the problem of betting on matches other than his own? But once you make it a crime, do punish, the two weeks banning is hilarious.

Tom Paulman
07-21-2008, 08:56 PM
Well done ATP, now the sport is almost corrupt-free and you showed these fixers and mafioso guys that they got a lot to be afraid of! :clap2:

Tom Paulman
07-21-2008, 08:58 PM
BTW they can play futures and grand slams while they are banned.

07-22-2008, 05:09 AM
Fresh off his Amersfoort title, this is still harsh for Frantisek :lol: It seems that all he did was place some wagers on other guys' matches without trying to influence the outcome. So ten weeks is not too short, and $15K not too low an amount, if you ask me.

07-22-2008, 12:38 PM
Another :retard: decision. What is wrong with Cermak betting on other players, lets say Fed, Nadal or Berlocq, who have nothing to do with him?

I wonder if they would punish a pro player who is betting on matches with Vcash on MTF. :rolleyes:

07-22-2008, 12:43 PM
It's so ridiculous. They shouldn't punish anybody who does not bet on the opponent(s) of his own matches.

08-02-2008, 06:25 PM
Cermak is playing Slovakia F1 qualifying this weekend. As it's an ITF event, he is allowed.