Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova has been arrested in the French Open for questioning as a result of the preliminary investigation of the games, casting a shadow over one of the highest sports tournaments.
An official from the French Tennis Federation confirmed the arrest by the French police and said that the police investigation was ongoing.
A player was arrested on Thursday night in connection with “actions that probably took place in September 2020.” This was reported to the Associated Press by the Paris Prosecutor’s Office. A man told the Financial Times about the allegations about the games.
Sizikova was released on Friday, her lawyer Frederic Belott told Reuters.
Last September, the French prosecutor’s office launched an investigation into the fact that fraud took place in the “organized group” in “active-passive corruption”, which took place in 2020. Women’s doubles in the French Open in the accused games
The investigation was connected with the meeting of the Romanian couple Andrea Mitu ատր Patricia Maria Tig և և Sizikova և American Madison Brengle. The Romanians won the match before being knocked out in the third round.
Belot explained that they claim that Sizikova և her partner intentionally lost to her partner in an official match, and the Russian made double mistakes.
He added that Sizikova had contacted the tennis authorities last year, that she had given them an explanation, which, according to her, “pleased” them.
“Therefore, it is in good condition that Yana Sizikova went to Paris a week ago to participate in the 2021 women’s doubles. “The French Open,” said Belott.
“He and his father were shocked when he was arrested.”
Sizikova, 26, is 101st in the world in doubles and 765th in singles. During her career, she won a $ 206,617 prize, according to the Women’s Tennis Association.
On Thursday, he and his partner were eliminated from the French Open, losing in live sets.
The International Tennis Integrity Agency, the sport’s anti-corruption watchdog, could be temporarily disqualified after a player is charged, according to a source close to the organization. The body set up by the governing bodies of the region has discussed the situation with the French police, the person says.
In May, Kazakh tennis player Roman Khasanov was banned for 10 years after admitting to violating anti-corruption rules. In January, ITIA banned two Russian players for life after investigating match-fixing.
In 2016, Novak Okovich, the world’s top-ranked men’s singles player, told how he felt rejected the approach deliberately losing at a young age.
Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, has warned that the financial burden caused by the coronavirus epidemic in sport and a larger economy could increase the risk of corruption. Tennis and football are the most targeted criminals.
Last August, Europol warned of an increase in match-fixing schemes in tennis, and Eurasian organized crime groups were “heavily involved” in sports.
Evidence suggests that nearly 500 tennis games were speculated between 2014 and 2018, according to the Enforcement Agency. Game fixers may attempt to falsify the outcome of a game, personal collection, game, or service.
Sizikova’s arrest is the latest in a row to hit this year’s French Open, one of the top four sporting events. It was ranked second earlier this week Naomi Osaka withdrew from the event, citing mental health issues following a series of press conferences.