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Match fixing is sadly something that happens a lot in the lower ranks of professional tennis, especially with sports betting being potentially more lucrative than the payouts for winning a Challenger Tour-level tournament.
These athletes just need to get better or not getting caught, as 15 were arrested and 68 more were investigated for match fixing. Among the 83 were 28 professional players, including one unnamed participant in the 2018 US Open.
The investigation was conducted by the Spanish Civil guard along with Europol and found a series of nearly 100 Challenger Tour matches were fixed in order to cash in hundreds of thousands in bets. The scam appears to have been run by a criminal Armenian gang, who would handle the financial side of the business and send their "muscle" to matches to ensure the players were fulfilling their side of the deal.
Europol raided 11 houses in connection with the match fixing on Thursday and found €167,000 ($191,600) as well as "a shotgun, more than 50 electronic devices, credit cards, five luxury vehicles and numerous documents." They also succeeded in freezing 42 different bank accounts connected to the gambling ring.
The players themselves were primarily Challenger Tour players who were bribed to fix results in their matches, with one of the 28 players serving as the go-between for the players and the criminal group.
The identities of the players haven't yet been released, but if all of this is true then their professional careers in tennis are likely over.
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