Tennis - Spain's Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez have been named in an alleged match-fixing probe dating back to Wimbledon 2017, according to The Guardian. The story was originally reported in El Confidencial, a Spanish digital newspaper.
The match in question took place at Wimbledon 2017 when 11th seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez were beaten by the unseeded Australian duo John-Patrick Smith and Matt Reid 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-4 in the round of 64. Prior to the loss, Lopez had withdrawn from the singles draw with a leg injury.
There were no comments from The Tennis Integrity Unit as of now. According to the report in El Confidencial, "Investigators conducting Operation Oikos reveal that information was passed on about a doubles match involving Feliciano López and Marc López at Wimbledon in July 2017, which presumably would be for the purpose of making illegal bets.
The police got the information from listening to Aranda’s phone. He said: ‘I have information about a match, do you want it?’ The other speaker said: ‘Yes man, of course – if you have it.’ Aranda demanded the contact committed to paying him 50% of all his winnings as payment for the tip, who asked how much he should put on.
Aranda said: ‘As much as you want, it’s Wimbledon!’. – the idea being that the tournament is so big, no one would be surprised by a huge bet. What Feliciano López and his partner will lose is the doubles,’ was the tip.
[They] then lost to Matt Reid and John Patrick Smith, winning the first set before losing the following three”. Speaking to the Spanish newspaper AS, Marc Lopez commented, "They have no right to dirty our names like that”.
This year, the Spaniards have played three tournaments together - losing in the first round of the Australian Open, reaching the semi-finals of the Mexican Open and losing in the first round of the Miami Open.