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Feliciano Lopez named in Wimbledon match-fixing probe

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 19 Jun 2019
  • Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez are reportedly being investigated for match-fixing during a Wimbledon doubles loss in 2017
  • Feliciano Lopez is partnering Andy Murray during his comeback to tennis in doubles at Queen's Club this week
Feliciano Lopez (PA Images)

Andy Murray’s imminent return to professional tennis is being overshadowed by a match-fixing investigation involving his Queen’s Club doubles partner Feliciano Lopez.

Lopez has reportedly been named in a match-fixing probe in his native Spain that relates to a Wimbledon doubles match from 2017, where he and partner Marc Lopez lost in four sets to Australian pairing John-Patrick Smith and Matt Reid.

According to The Guardian, Lopez is currently consulting his lawyers about the investigation and story that first circulated in Spain’s respected digital newspaper El Confidencial. Lopez, who withdrew from the singles event at Wimbledon that year with a leg injury, is denying even being aware that the match had popped up on the radar of Spanish police and is denying to comment about the situation at Queen’s.

Murray’s camp and the Tennis Integrity Unit have also denied to comment on the claims.

The allegations against Feliciano and Marc Lopez stem from an investigation into retired Spanish footballers Raul Bravo and Carlos Aranda, who have also been named in alleged match-fixing reports in numerous football games, according to El Confidencial.

The report said: “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.

Feliciano Lopez and Andy Murray during a press conference at Queen's Club (PA Images)
“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 report states.

“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.”

Feliciano Lopez was due to play Martin Fucsovics in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club on Tuesday, but like the rest of the Order of Play, the match was washed out due to rain. Had the match been completed, Lopez would have been forced to attend an obligatory press conference, where he surely would have been quizzed about the reports.

Meanwhile, Marc Lopez told Spanish newspaper AS: “They have no right to dirty our names like that.”

Lopez and Murray were scheduled to play their doubles match against top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabel and Jean-Julian Rojer on Wednesday, but that has now been pushed back to Thursday due to the rain.


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