The arrest of the Russian tennis player at Roland Garros. It’s the prosecutor’s decision
- The Paris prosecutor, for lack of evidence, has suspended the investigation of Gana Sizikwa, who is accused of fixing the 2020 Roland Garros matches.
- The Russian tennis player was arrested in 2021 and released the next day
- Despite strong indications of Syzikova’s guilt, the prosecutor’s office was unable to show evidence. Hundreds of thousands of euros were collected on a serve break in the second set of the first-round match at Roland Garros, which Cizikova and his American partner Madison Brengle lost 6-7 (8-10), 4-6 to the Romanian duo Andrea Mitu. Patricia Maria Teague
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After his release from custody, Syzikov, ranked 50th in the doubles ranking, continues to play at the Games under the auspices of the WTA. He will soon start competing in this year’s French Open. The 28-year-old Russian was the heroine of a high-profile scandal. The matches were supposed to be fixed at Roland Garros.
Cizikova was suspected of fixing matches at Roland Garros. The prosecutor’s office stopped the investigation
Officials launched an investigation in October 2020 following allegations of “organized fraud” and “corruption in sports”.
As reported by the BBC, citing its sources close to the investigation, “The investigation focused on the first round match in which Šizikova and his American partner Madison Brengle lost 6-7 (8-10), 4-6 to the Romanian duo Andrea Mitu and Patricia Maria Teja.” .
Suspicions arose after bookmakers noticed that hundreds of thousands of euros had been wagered on outages in the second batch. Syzikova, who represents Russia, was arrested in 2021 and released a day later.
“After two and a half years of investigation, the Paris prosecutor’s office finally closed the case, considering that a criminal case could not be opened because the facts with which Syzikova was accused could not be proven,” said Frederic Bilot, the tennis player’s lawyer. Reuters.
In July 2022, Syzikova, along with Russia’s Anastasia Potapova, won the Prague Open. On charges of match-fixing, the player reached two more finals last year.
Sizikova filed a defamation complaint. As Frédéric Bellott admitted to her, “there is no news yet” regarding this lawsuit. The lawyer informed that the Russian player will perform at the French Open this year as planned.
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