The Paris prosecutor’s office says a tennis player suspected of match-fixing last year has been arrested during the French Open in Paris.
According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, which first reported the story, the player is ranked 765th ahead of Russia’s Yana Szykova. The prosecutor’s office confirmed to the Associated Press that a “female international player” was in custody, but did not identify her.
The prosecutor’s office said the player was arrested Thursday night on charges of “sports bribery and organized fraud for acts 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 suspected fixed matches at the lower levels of professional tennis.
The prosecutor’s office said the investigation focused on suspicions about a match at Roland Garros last year. It did not specify the match. The German newspaper Die Welt and the French sports daily L’Equipe said at the time there were suspicious betting patterns in the first round of the women’s doubles match on 30 September.
That day, Szykova and partner Madison Brengle of the United States played against Romanian players Andrea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig on Court No. 10. Szykova fell in love with serving in game five of the second set, during which she double-faulted.
Le Parisien reported on Friday that Romanian players who won the game were betting tens of thousands of euros with several operators from different countries.
The newspaper said Sijikova was arrested on Thursday after losing in the first round of the doubles tournament at Roland Garros. The newspaper said officers searched Sijikova’s hotel room.
It was not immediately known whether Szykova had a lawyer to answer on her behalf.
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