Armenian gang behind massive tennis match-fixing scandal


Spanish police have linked 28 professional tennis players to an Armenian criminal gang accused of fixing matches, including one who competed at the 2018 US Open.

Fifteen people have been arrested and 68 others investigated, according to a statement Thursday from the Spanish Civil Guard.

Authorities raided 11 houses and seized luxury vehicles, credit cards, a shotgun and $192,000 in cash.

The results of least 97 International Tennis Federation Futures and Challenger matches were fixed, according to Europol.

“Our officers have proved the group had been operating since February 2017 and estimate that they had earned millions of euros through the operation,” the Civil Guard said.

The names of the players involved have not been released.

Authorities did identify Spain’s Marc Fornell-Mestres, whose highest career ranking was 236th in 2007, as the link between players and the alleged ring. Fornell-Mestres, 36, was provisionally suspended from professional tennis last year.