Yana Sizikova: Russian tennis player arrested at French Open over match-fixing allegations

Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova has been arrested at the French Open and placed in custody over match-fixing allegations.

A police source and the French tennis federation (FFT) said the player had been arrested but did not elaborate on the reasons.

A source with direct knowledge of the matter, however, said the arrest was related to match-fixing allegations.

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Last September, French prosecutors opened an investigation into alleged match-fixing in a women’s doubles match at the French Open.

The investigation into fraud in an organised group and active and passive corruption was related to a doubles match between Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Mari and Sizikova and American Madison Brengle.

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Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, told the RIA news agency that he had been informed of Sizikova’s detention. TASS news agency also reported that the Russian embassy in Paris had been informed of the situation.

“We have not received any documents (regarding the case), so it’s difficult to make an assessment of what has happened,” Tarpischev was quoted as saying.

The Russian Tennis Federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The International Tennis Integrity Agency, which deals with corruption in the sport, said it would not comment.

Sizikova lost her first-round women’s doubles match on Thursday.

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