French Open Participant Yana Sizikova Arrested For Alleged Match-Fixing

A Russian tennis participant suspected of match-fixing final yr has been arrested throughout this yr’s French Open, her lawyer instructed The Related Press on Friday.

Yana Sizikova, ranked one hundred and first in doubles and 765th in singles, denied the allegations, in response to her lawyer, Frederic Belot. He instructed The Related Press that Sizikova needs to file a grievance for defamation.

The Paris prosecutor’s workplace confirmed to the AP {that a} “girls’s worldwide participant” was in custody, however it didn’t establish her. She was arrested Thursday evening on prices of “sports activities bribery and arranged fraud for acts more likely to have been dedicated in September 2020,” the prosecutor’s workplace stated.

A suspicious betting sample on one in every of Yana Sizikova’s doubles matches could have prompted the investigation.

An investigation was opened final October by a French police unit specializing in betting fraud and match-fixing. It has beforehand labored with Belgian authorities investigating suspect matches on the decrease ranges {of professional} tennis.

The French tennis federation stated it couldn’t present additional info as a result of the investigation is ongoing.

The Worldwide Tennis Integrity Company, which investigates match-fixing within the sport, declined to touch upon the main points of the case however stated in a message to the AP that “there was ongoing liaison between the ITIA and legislation enforcement in France.”

Talking to the AP in a cellphone interview, her lawyer stated Sizikova was “extraordinarily shocked.”

“She was positioned in custody like a felony. She says she is harmless and didn’t need me to help her throughout her questioning as a result of she considers herself like a sufferer,” Belot stated.

Belot stated he solely began representing Sizikova on Friday after he was approached by the participant’s dad and mom. He stated Sizikova had contacted the ITIA when the case was opened final yr to disclaim any wrongdoing.

The prosecutor’s workplace stated the probe centered on suspicions about one match at Roland Garros final yr. It didn’t specify the match. German newspaper Die Welt and French sports activities day by day L’Equipe stated on the time there have been suspicious betting patterns within the first spherical of a girls’s doubles match on Sept. 30.

On that day, Sizikova and associate Madison Brengle of america performed on Court docket No. 10 in opposition to Romanian gamers Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig. Sizikova was damaged to like serving within the fifth sport of the second set, throughout which she double-faulted twice.

Le Parisien reported Friday that tens of hundreds of euros have been guess with a number of operators in numerous international locations on the Romanian gamers successful that sport.

The newspaper stated the 26-year-old Sizikova, who’s ranked one hundred and first in doubles, was arrested Thursday after dropping within the first spherical of the doubles match at Roland Garros. The newspaper stated authorities searched Sizikova’s lodge room.

Final yr’s French Open, delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, was performed in late September and early October.


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