Tennis: Tomas Berdych wins apology over Panama Papers allegation

Czech player Tomas Berdych at 2016's Australian Open.
Czech player Tomas Berdych at 2016's Australian Open. PHOTO: REUTERS

PRAGUE (AFP) - Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych won an apology on Saturday from the public Czech News Agency (CTK) which had alleged the world number seven's name had appeared in the Panama Papers.

"We apologise to Mr Tomas Berdych for having wrongly stated... his name was given in the Panama Papers database," CTK wrote.

"The name of Mr Tomas Berdych... cannot be found in the Panama Papers database," it added.

World number seven and Monte Carlo-based Berdych, 30, had vehemently denied the allegations which he called "crazy," and after receiving the apology, he tweeted: "Truth prevails."

Shedding light on international tax fraud, the Panama Papers published this week have mentioned top athletes including Lionel Messi, side by side with a host of politicians, actors and other celebrities.