Tennis match-fixing investigation under way in Spain

The Spanish Civil Guard arrested 83 people in connection

Of the 83 people implicated in the case, 28 were professional tennis players including one, whose identity was not revealed, who competed at the 2018 US Open.

Spain's Civil Guard has broken up a huge network allegedly involved in fixing the results of professional matches in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures and Challenger categories, a Guardia Civil statement said on Thursday.

As has been repeated in numerous reports and investigations into corruption in tennis, match-fixing is rampant in lower levels of professional tennis where many thousands of players don't make any money.

Eleven house searches were carried out in Spain, with €167,000 (£151,000/$193,000) in cash seized, alongside a shotgun, five luxury vehicles, credit cards and relevant documents. They also gave orders for "other members of the group" to place bets at the "national and global level".

EIGHTY THREE people have been arrested for a tennis match fixing scam that netted millions from gambling.

The investigation started in 2017 after the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) grew concerned about "irregular activities" relating to pre-arranged matches in the tournaments.

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A massive tennis match-fixing ring has reportedly been busted after Spanish police arrested 15 people and investigated 68 more, including 28 professional tennis players, as part of a large-scale investigation.

The tennis corruption arrests follow this December's publication by the sport's 'Independent Review Panel - IRP' on combatting betting related integrity issues. "They then gave the order for bets to be laid both nationally and internationally", added the statement.

Europol say at least 97 matches from those tournaments were fixed.

Forty-two bank accounts have also been frozen.

One of those athletes competed at the US Open a year ago and the net is closing in on the Armenian criminal gang who organised the enterprise.

Authorities said the players tainted results after taking bribes from an Armenian ring that was dismantled in October.

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