A normal view throughout a match on the French Open in Paris, June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
June 4, 2021
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) -Russian participant Yana Sizikova has been launched from police custody a day after being arrested on the French Open over match-fixing allegations associated to final yr’s match, her lawyer mentioned on Friday.
“She has been launched, her custody has been lifted,” Frederic Belot advised Reuters.
Earlier he mentioned that Sizikova had been “taken into custody on the night of Thursday 3 June 2021 after a match within the girls’s doubles match.”
Final September, French prosecutors opened an investigation into fraud in an organised group” and “lively and passive corruption” over alleged match fixing in a girls’s doubles match on the 2020 French Open.
The investigation associated to a match between Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Mari and Sizikova and American Madison Brengle. The Romanians gained the match earlier than being knocked out within the third spherical.
Belot defined that it was alleged that Sizikova and her doubles associate misplaced a service recreation on objective, with the Russian serving double faults.
He added that Sizikova had contacted tennis authorities final yr and that she supplied them with a rationalization, which he says “glad” them.
“It’s due to this fact serenely and in the absolute best way of thinking that Yana Sizikova went to Paris every week in the past to play within the 2021 French Open girls’s doubles match,” mentioned Belot.
“She and her father had been extraordinarily shocked when she was arrested.”
Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, advised the RIA information company that he had been knowledgeable of Sizikova’s detention.
“Now we have not acquired any paperwork (concerning the case), so it’s tough to make an evaluation of what has occurred,” Tarpischev was quoted as saying.
The Russian Tennis Federation didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The Worldwide Tennis Integrity Company, the unbiased anti-corruption physique arrange by the game’s governing our bodies, was not instantly accessible to verify it had been contacted.
The Girls’s Tennis Affiliation (WTA), which runs the ladies’s tour, couldn’t be instantly reached both.
(Reporting by Matthieu Protard and Julien Pretot in Paris, and Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber and Maria Tsvetkova in Moscow; Enhancing by Toby Davis, Jon Boyle and Pritha Sarkar)