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Former Aussie Champ Narrowly Escaped Match-Fixing Conviction

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Oliver Anderson, an Aussie tennis player, has reportedly managed to side step his conviction after match-fixing at a tennis tournament in Traralgon of last year.

This all came about when former Aussie Open junior champion pleaded guilty to match fixing. He stated that he had thrown the initial set in a Challenger tournament. Reason being was because a friend of his had placed a bet worth AU$2000.

What Did the Media Have to Say About the Former Aussie Champ?

Fairfax media reported that Anderson’s Queensland residing friend initially wished to place a bet of AU$10,000. He wished to place the bet with the odds of Anderson winning against Harrison Lombe, in three sets. Lombe was ranked approximately 900 places below him on the log.

Crownbet denied Anderson’s friend the opportunity to make such a large bet on such a small match. Instead, they agreed to allow him to bet AU$2000. Thereafter, Anderson won the three sets, allowing his friend to follow through and collect AU$10 000.

Aussie tennis player Oliver Anderson

How Did They Get Caught?

The betting company made a realisation that a multi bet for the same gambler involving the same match had been placed, and so they notified the authorities of the bet. The authorities immediately believed that something fishy was going on and quickly began their investigation. They identified that Anderson had won his matches with a score of 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 respectively.

After the necessary investigations had been completed authorities arrested Anderson a mere two days after the tournament. In January of this year, he was charged, even though Anderson himself did not receive any payment from his friend.

Due to the unfortunate timing of his charges, just before the Australian Open, Anderson received exposure on an international scale.

From Hero to Zero

To think that a sheer 12 months prior, Anderson was the toast of Australian tennis. Whereas Tuesday of this month saw him sitting in court.

Anderson’s lawyer, Ben Ilhe, confessed that Anderson had been struggling financially, as he was awaiting pending legal action from a sponsor around the same time he was struggling with an injury. Illhe further described his client as an honest person who had made a stupid mistake.

What is To Happen to the Former Aussie Champ?

While his actions could result in a jail sentence of 10 years, the court agreed that Anderson utterly regretted his actions. The court reached a consensus that the offence was small and further charged Anderson with an AU$500 court fund as well as a two-year good behaviour probation period.

Although the legal action is done and dusted. It is difficult to say how the Tennis Integrity Union (ITF) plan to respond; some say it could be as harsh as a lifetime tennis playing ban.