Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Player arrested for alleged match-fixing during the French Open in 2020

By PTI

PARIS: A tennis player suspected of match-fixing last year was arrested in Paris during the French Open, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Friday.

According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, which first reported, the player is Yana Sizikova from Russia, who is in the 765th position.

The prosecutor’s office confirmed to The Associated Press that an international women’s player was in custody, but it did not identify her.

The prosecutor’s office was arrested on Thursday night on charges of sports bribery and organized fraud for acts likely to have been committed in September 2020.

An investigation was opened last October by a French police unit specializing in betting fraud and match-fixing.

It has previously worked with the Belgian authorities to investigate suspicious fixtures at the lower levels of professional tennis.

The prosecutor’s office said the investigation focused on suspects over one game last year at Roland Garros.

It did not specify the match.

The German newspaper Die Welt and the French sports daily L’Equipe said at the time that there were suspicious betting patterns in the first round of a doubles match for women on Sept.

30.

On that day, Sizikova and partner Madison Brengle of the United States appeared in court no.

10 against Romanian players Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig.

Sizikova was very fond of serving in the fifth game of the second set, during which she failed twice.

Le Parisien reported on Friday that tens of thousands of euros with various operators in different countries were placed on the Romanian players who won this match.

According to the newspaper, Sizikova was arrested on Thursday after losing to Roland Garros in the first round of the doubles tournament.

According to the newspaper, authorities searched Sizikova’s hotel room.

It was not immediately known if Sizikova had a lawyer to respond on her behalf.

Last year’s French Open, which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, was played in late September and early October.

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