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Report: Former world tennis No. 1 Marat Safin denies tax evasion

  • FILE -  In this Wednesday, July 2, 2008 file photo Marat Safin of Russia reacts during his Men's Singles quarterfinal against Spain's Feliciano Lopez on the Number One Court at Wimbledon. Former world tennis No. 1 Marat Safin has denied evading tax after a report linked him with Swiss bank accounts. The report, based on leaked documents from HSBC's Swiss private bank, said Safin was linked to a client account which allegedly held up to $4.87 million in three accounts. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, July 2, 2008 file photo Marat Safin of Russia reacts during his Men's Singles quarterfinal against Spain's Feliciano Lopez on the Number One Court at Wimbledon. Former world tennis No. 1 Marat Safin has denied evading tax after a report linked him with Swiss bank accounts. The report, based on leaked documents from HSBC's Swiss private bank, said Safin was linked to a client account which allegedly held up to $4.87 million in three accounts. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 file photo former  tennis player Marat Safin of Russia speaks to media during a press conference for the upcoming Rise of legends exhibition matches in Taipei, Taiwan. Former world tennis No. 1 Marat Safin has denied evading tax after a report linked him with Swiss bank accounts. The report, based on leaked documents from HSBC's Swiss private bank, said Safin was linked to a client account which allegedly held up to $4.87 million in three accounts. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 file photo former tennis player Marat Safin of Russia speaks to media during a press conference for the upcoming Rise of legends exhibition matches in Taipei, Taiwan. Former world tennis No. 1 Marat Safin has denied evading tax after a report linked him with Swiss bank accounts. The report, based on leaked documents from HSBC's Swiss private bank, said Safin was linked to a client account which allegedly held up to $4.87 million in three accounts. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File)  (The Associated Press)

Former world tennis No. 1 Marat Safin has denied evading tax after a report linked him with Swiss bank accounts.

The report, based on leaked documents from HSBC's Swiss private bank, said Safin was linked to a client account which allegedly held up to $4.87 million in three accounts.

Safin, a member of the Russian parliament since 2011, called the allegations "some kind of nonsense" to Russia's R-Sport agency, adding: "No one's been evading any kind of taxes."

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, one of several media outlets to receive the leaked documents, said they "do not specify the exact role that Safin had in relation to the account."

Safin retired from tennis in 2009 after winning the 2000 U.S. Open, and 2005 Australian Open.