Respectively 26th and 42nd in the ATP rankings, the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and the Russian Aslan Karatsev were cited by the ZDF which investigated a case of rigged bets. The International Tennis Integrity Agency could soon take an interest in their case.
It is an investigation, led by the German media ZDF, which could make noise in the world of tennis. The Russian Aslan Karatsev, 42nd player in the world, and the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, 26th player in the world, would be involved, via their former coach Yahor Yatysk, in a suspicion of match fixing. The latter would have offered them the money in exchange for the report of matches, at least twice but also of defeats, in particular on a first round in doubles at the ATP in Stuttgart.
The German media quotes another coach, who would have spoken with the radio broadcaster in exchange for anonymity: “He (Yahor Yatsek) has been involved in betting fraud for years”, he demonstrated.
Abnormally large sums
It was the betting of abnormally large sums on several doubles matches that would have caused the attention. Aslan Karatsev had already been heard by the French police at Roland-Garros in September 2020. Just like his coach, Yahor Yatsek. No charges were brought against the two men at the time.