Spanish tennis match-fixing scandal implicates 28 players
Fifteen people have been arrested by law enforcement officials in Spain in an investigation into match-fixing in tennis allegedly organised by an Armenian criminal gang.
The Spanish authorities said 83 people were implicated, among them 28 players from the lower-tier ITF Futures and Challenger tours.
One of those arrested is Spanish player Marc Fornell-Mestres, 36, who was ranked 1,007th in singles at the end of 2018, and was suspended by the Tennis Integrity Unit last month in an anti-corruption probe. He is accused of being the link between the players and the Armenian gang.
No other names were disclosed by the authorities, which revealed that one implicated player competed in last year's US Open.
Europol, the European Union police agency, said 11 house searches had been carried out in Spain in which €167,000 euros ($191,000) in cash was seized, along with a shotgun, more than 50 electronic devices, credit cards and five luxury vehicles.
Spain's Civil Guard said the organisation had been operating since at least February 2017, while Europol said at least 97 Futures and Challenger Tour matches had been fixed.
The investigation started in 2017 after the TIU grew concerned about "irregular activities" relating to pre-arranged matches in the tournaments, Europol added.