A tennis player has issued a scathing statement after he found himself at the centre of match-fixing allegations this week.
Nikoloz Basilashvili, 30, and Aslan Karatsev, 28, both denied the claims made against them by German broadcaster ZDF.
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The bombshell report stated the duo had been offered money to fix matches with Basilashvili’s alleged match-fixing occurring during his first-round doubles match at Wimbledon last year.
He and partner Radu Albot lost in three sets.
Suspiciously large bets of up to $738,000 were placed during the match with proceedings now pending with the International Tennis Ingetrity Agency, according to the report.
Basilashvili released a statement in which he thoroughly rejected the claims levelled against him.
“I found out that the German media mentioned my name in connection with alleged match-fixing,” Basilashvili said.
“Such accusations have no basis and I deny them. I will not accept that my reputation is damaged by unfounded and absurd accusations.
“That is why I demand that the media stop with these allegations and lies. The public must be informed that I deny all these allegations. I have authorised a law firm in Germany to protect my interests and fight the spread of misinformation in every possible way.”
Karatsev is reportedly linked to five matches with suspicious volumes of betting.
It isn’t the first time the Russian star has been alleged to have fixed matches after he was alleged to have done so during the 2022 Stuttgart Open.
He was also investigated by French police during the 2020 French Open. He has denied all claims made against him.