Alexis Musialek Found Guilty of 39 Breaches of Anti-Corruption Laws
A former French Open tennis player, Alexis Musialek, has been hit with a lifetime ban for match fixing. Musialek, who appeared in the 2018 mixed doubles at Roland Garros alongside Grand Slam champion Kristina Mladenovic, has been found guilty of 39 breaches of tennis' anti-corruption laws.
Denial and Lack of Cooperation with Investigation
Musialek denied the charges and failed to cooperate with the investigation by withholding evidence.
Breaches Related to Matches Between 2016 and 2018
The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) concluded that the breaches were related to nine matches that took place between 2016 and 2018. The ITIA stated that Musialek "contrived the outcome of multiple matches, received money, benefit, or consideration for contriving the outcome of these matches, and facilitated other players not to use their best efforts."
Lifetime Ban and Restriction
Musialek is now banned for life from competing in any authorized tennis tournaments. The ban also means that he cannot pursue a future career in player coaching or punditry, as he is not permitted to be on the site of competitions.
Fine and Career Statistics
In addition to the ban, Musialek was fined £39,000, which amounts to approximately 40% of his £99,000 career earnings. Throughout his professional career, Musialek won nine career titles and lost 13 finals. His most recent final was in March 2022, two years after his last tournament victory in Greece.
Connection to Previous Match-Fixing Scandals
Musialek's lifetime ban follows similar punishments handed out in previous match-fixing scandals. Three years prior, Egyptian player Youssef Hossam received the same ban for 21 rule breaches and betting-related offenses. Two years before that, Hossam's older brother, Karim, was also banned for life from tennis.