A match in the first round of Roland-Garros qualifying is subject to “checks” after a report of abnormally high sports bets abroad. The match in question took place on Monday between the Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles and the Israeli Dudi Sela, beaten 6-3, 6-0.
A match in the first round of Roland-Garros qualifying is the subject of “checks” after a report of abnormally high sports bets abroad, raising fears of possible manipulation, assured Thursday a source close to the file confirming information from the team. The Roland-Garros match in question took place on Monday between the Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles (25 years old, 133rd in the world) and the Israeli Dudi Sela (37 years old, 456th in the world), beaten 6-3, 6-0.
No investigation open at the moment
Abnormally high bets were recorded in the second set, in three foreign countries. These would be Ukraine, Cyprus and Armenia, according to the team. “There is no business”, simply commented the French Tennis Federation (FFT). For the moment, no investigation has been opened by the judicial authorities in France. On Wednesday, the Tennis Integrity Agency (ITA) temporarily suspended two French players Mick Lescure and Jules Okala, arrested in France in 2019, in Bressuire, for suspicion of “match-fixing”.
The two had been arrested as part of a judicial inquiry into a vast match-fixing network whose network head was in Belgium. During his custody before the investigators of the Central Races and Games Service (SCCJ), a judicial police department, Mick Lescure, ex-487th in the world, had admitted the facts.