During the ongoing French Open, questions were raised about the legitimacy of a women’s doubles match, after a number of bookmakers claimed suspicious betting on the game.
A police investigation is underway following an explosion of bets worth hundreds of thousands of euros made during the first round match between Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig (Romania) against Madison Brengle (USA) and Yana Sizikova (Russia), according to Germany’s WELT newspaper.
It has been confirmed that the police are currently investigating whether the fifth game was exploited in the second set and whether one of the players was involved.
Footage from the fifth game shows Sizikova serving before falling and failing to return two double faults. Reports have indicated that bets were made for Sizikova’s serve to be broken in the fifth game of the second set with multiple operators.
After he was accused of courtsiding, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) handed a four-year ban and a $15,000 fine to Spanish tennis player Gerard Joseph Platero Rodriguez last week.
The player has been the first to be charged with the offence, which includes the transmission for betting purposes of live scoring data from a match to a third party.