Spanish player Gerard Joseph Platero Rodriguez has been suspended for four years and fined $15,000 after being convicted of courtsiding – the first player to be charged with the offence.

The Tennis Integrity Unit said an investigation found that the unranked Rodriguez had acted as a ‘courtsider’ at an ITF tournament in Pittsburgh last July.

Court-siding involves transmission of live scoring data from a match to a third party for betting purposes.

Rodriquez was also found guilty of placing 75 online bets on tennis matches during June last year.

The integrity unit said he failed to “engage or provide any form of co-operation” during the probe.