Australian Boys champion Anderson charged with match fixing: local media

Thu Jan 5, 2017 5:40pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Australian teenager Oliver Anderson, one of the brightest young talents in tennis, has been charged by police with involvement in match fixing following an investigation, local media reported on Thursday.

Police in Victoria said in a statement that an unnamed 18-year-old Queensland man had been charged.

Australian media identified Anderson and quoted a family statement saying the teenager from Brisbane was cooperating fully with authorities.

Anderson, winner of last year's Australian Open Boys title, has been charged with fixing a match at the Traralgon Challenger tournament in Victoria last October.

The news comes in the build-up to the season's first grand slam, the Australian Open, where Anderson made his major breakthrough 12 months ago by lifting the junior crown.

A Victoria Police statement said: "Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit detectives and bookmakers assisted with the investigation.

"The Queensland man was charged with engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome."

Local media reported that the charge relates to a first-round match in a Challenger tournament, a lower-level event on the ATP Tour, when Anderson was allegedly approached to 'throw' the first set against another Australian, Harrison Lombe.

Anderson lost the first set 4-6 before winning the next two 6-0 6-2. He then lost his second round match.   Continued...

 
Australia's Oliver Anderson hits a shot during his Junior Boys' Singles final match against Uzbekistan's Djurabeck Karimov at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter