SHOCKING: Tennis Player Arrested Over Match-Fixing Allegations at French Open 2021

Published 06/04/2021, 9:24 AM EDT
PARIS – JUNE 01: A view of the Roland Garros logo on day eight of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2008 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


In an unfortunate turn of events, a Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova has been arrested for being involved in match-fixing allegations at the French Open 2021. The local police and FFT confirmed that a player had faced arrest but did not reveal the reason for the arrest. 

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The incident occurred during the French Open last year, which was held in September. Local French prosecutors looked into details of a women’s doubles match, involving the Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Mari and the Russian Yana Sizikova and American Madison Brengle.

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: A general view inside Court Philippe Chatrier during the mens singles final between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on day fifteen of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Regional authorities have been informed about the incident at the French Open

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The president of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpischev, was made aware of the arrest, and the Russian embassy in Paris was also informed about the incident.

Tapischev commented on this episode and stated, “We have not received any documents (regarding the case), so it’s difficult to make an assessment of what has happened.”

Cheating is one of the key aspects that harm the integrity of the sport. In our sport, all the players always maintain a clean image and know the importance of their position. Therefore, they do their best to be an individual that others can look up to. 

Coming back to the incident, the International Tennis Integrity Agency has refrained from commenting on the incident. It is an independent organization set up by the various tennis bodies that handle matters related to corruption. 

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 01: The Roland Garros logo is seen outside the VIP village on day nine of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

On the brighter side, superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have moved into the third round of the tournament. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic looked strong and has his sights set on claiming a second title at Roland Garros. 

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In the other half, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are looking in fine form. World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has had his best run at the French Open, winning his first couple of matches. With the second week coming closer, it will be interesting to see how these top seeds perform.

Watch this story: Shocking!: Bianca Andreescu, Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev, And Others’ First-Round Exits at French Open 2021

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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