Paris police arrested Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova on Friday on suspicion of a doubles match at the French Open last year, police and a legal source told AFP. Sizikova, 26, who finished 101st in the women’s doubles standings, was arrested Thursday night at the end of this year’s tournament match, sources said, on condition of anonymity. The newspaper Le Parisien, which reported the arrest, said it was arrested after being taken out of the post-match massage. The hotel room was also searched, he added. An investigation into sports corruption and possible organized fraud was opened last October in a first-leg match in 2020 when Sizikova and her American partner Madison Brengle defeated Romanian couples Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig.
Suspicions arose as to the abnormally high stakes in the game registered in countries outside France and, when it was reported to law enforcement, a source close to the case then told AFP.
One particle in particular, the fifth in the second set, was investigated by investigators after two unusual double faults were lost to Sizikova’s love service.
On Thursday, Sizikova and her new partner, Ekaterina Alexandrova, were beaten 1-6 to 1-6 by Australian pairs Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round of the Women’s Doubles.
Sizikova, who lives between Russia and Spain, competed for the first time in Roland Garros in 2020.
A French source said in October that the amounts placed in bets on his game were “tens of thousands of euros”.
The Global Lottery Monitor System and the Copenhagen Group, which brings together 33 national corruption organizations against sport, sounded the alarm shortly after.
Professional tennis has been the subject of allegations of fixing matches in the past, but only junior-level players competing in low-level tournaments have been banned or convicted.
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) was set up by international governing bodies to investigate allegations against players and distribute sanctions.
In January this year, she announced lifetime bans against two low-level Russian women’s doubles players, Sofia Dmitrieva and Alija Merdeeva, who were involved in fixing matches.
Sizikova is a doubles specialist with a world ranking of 765 singles.
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