The French Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that the country’s judicial police are investigating a betting fraud at Roland Garros on suspicion of a rigging of a women’s doubles match in the first round of the tournament played on September 30 and that faced the Romanian tennis players Andrea Mitu y Patricia Maria Tig before the american Madison Brengle and the Russian Yana Sizikova.
According to information from the German newspaper ‘Die Welt’, later corroborated by sources from the French judicial police, large amounts of money were detected in various betting houses in different countries for one of the games of the match in favor of the Russian-American couple. who ended up losing the game 7-6 (8) and 6-4. in that particular game It doesn’t work (25 years old and 89th in the world in doubles) committed two consecutive double faults and gave up his blank serve. According to ‘Die Welt’, the sums wagered on this game reached several hundred thousand euros, information that has not been confirmed.
The bets on the victory of the Romanian double for that first game were at 1.9 euros, so a person who had bet 100,000 euros would receive a prize of 190,000 euros. The prosecutor’s office did not provide details on what was suspected other than possible charges. The investigation was opened on October 1 and was being carried out by a police department specializing in gambling and horse racing.
The National Gaming Authority (ANJ), which regulates the sports betting market in France, “did not find atypical bets in France in this match,” Elsa Trochet-Macé, its communication director told l’Equipe. During 2019, the ANJ processed 13 alerts about tennis matches played in France that could have been altered.
The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU)which investigates match-fixing on behalf of global associations (ATP, WTA, ITF) and the Grand Slam tournaments, has not said, for the moment, anything about the case denounced at Roland Garros.