SCANDAL : French Open Rocked By Match-Fixing Allegations

The ongoing French Open has been rocked by match-fixing allegations. The UK Guardian reports that police in France are investigating a possible case of match-fixing at Roland Garros. The medium reports that the allegations arose during a double match on Wednesday 30 September.

‘‘The match in question is Russia’s Yana Sizikova and American Madison Brengle’s first-round encounter with Romanian pair Andrea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig. Mitu and Tig eventually won 7-6 (8), 6-4.’’

The Guardian quotes a report in the German newspaper Die Welt on Monday; which says that hundreds of thousands of euros were bet on the match. The bets were set on a break of serve in the fifth game of the second set of the match with the score level at 2-2. Sizikova was serving. However, she was culpable for three of the points conceded as she lost her serve to love.

Thereafter, a day after the match, the video of Sizikova easily relinquishing her serve was posted on Twitter.


The video, which quickly went viral, drew immediate attention.

The Guardian reports that Sizikova opened the French Open game with a double fault, netting both serves. On the second point, Sizikova directed a backhand at Tig, the net player. Then she stumbled as she failed to reach Tig’s volley. After a volley winner from Mitu to reach triple breakpoint; Sizikova finished the game with a second double fault, with both serves long.

Sizikova is 25 years-old with a singles career high of 336 and a doubles career-high of 89. She has earned $173,451 prize money since 2010.

Meanwhile, the ongoing controversy at the French Open has seen the Tennis Integrity Unit hold its usual position of refusing to comment. The organization has announced six lifetime bans and suspensions in 2020; including one for the former world No 69 João Souza of Brazil.



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