Australian Open semi-finalist at centre of match-fixing claims

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Russian tennis player Aslan Karatsev (pictured) during the Australian Open.
Russian tennis player Aslan Karatsev (pictured) has been investigated over an alleged match fixing scandal. (Getty Images)

Russian tennis player Aslan Karatsev has been allegedly investigated in a match fixing scandal that dates back a number of years.

German broadcaster ZDF released a report that alleged Karatsev, Nikoloz Basilashvilli and their former coach Yahor Yatsyk have been investigated over match fixing scandals, according to reporter Jannick Schneider and Markus Harm.

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ZDF claimed they had obtained data from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on a number of incidents.

The matches investigated concerning Karatsev include two from 2018-2021 (while he was being coached by Yatsyk), a doubles match in Finland in 2019 and a doubles in Kazakhstan 2020.

The French police also allegedly recently investigated Karatsev over a French Open 2020 match, according to publication L'Equipe.

Nothing has happened since that investigation.

ZDF allege Karatsev was also involved in match fixing during the 2022 Stuttgart tournament.

Basilashvilli is also allegedly being investigated over an incident in a doubles match during Wimbledon 2021.

The report alleged Basilashvilli's case is pending at the ITIA over a first round doubles match at Wimbledon, which saw up to $US 500,000 placed on him to lose.

Both players are currently ranked in the World Top 50.

Aslan Karatsev, pictured here playing Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals in 2021.
Aslan Karatsev played Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals in 2021. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Karatsev and Basilashvilli play amid allegations

Both Karatsev and Basilashvilli made their appearance at the Swedish Open this week.

Karatsev defeated Lorenzo Sonego 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 in the Round of 32.

Basilashvilli retired hurt against French player Hugo Gaston.

Karatsev made the Australian Open semi-final in 2021 and is currently ranked World No.40.

He has won three singles titles.

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