Report: Former World No. 1 Marat Safin Denies Tax Evasion Claims

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Two-time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin has denied the recent report that connected him with bank accounts in Switzerland.

According to the Associated Press, the report, which was leaked from HSBC’s private bank in Switzerland, linked Safin to approx. $4.87 million in three separate accounts.

The former world No. 1, who has been a member of the Russian parliament since 2011, denied the allegations to Russia’s R-Sport agency. He referred to the report as “some kind of nonsense” and that “no one’s been evading any kind of taxes.”

The Russian tennis star won the 2000 US Open with a victory over Pete Sampras, and the 2005 Australian Open with a win against Lleyton Hewitt, before retiring from active competition nearly six years ago. Known for his emotional outbursts on court, Marat is also the brother of former WTA No. 1 Diana Safin, which makes them the first siblings of different sex in tennis history to achieve the No. 1 ranking.

Safin also helped lead Russia to Davis Cup victories in 2002 and 2006. Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.

The exact role that Safin had with the aforementioned account remains unclear.

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