Australian Open: Junior champion Oliver Anderson charged with match fixing

Australian Open: Junior champion Oliver Anderson charged with match fixing : On Thursday, Australian teenager Oliver Anderson who is one of the brightest young talents in tennis, has been charged by police with involvement in match fixing following an investigation.

In a statement, Police in Victoria said 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 was the winner of last year’s Australian Open Boys title. He has been charged with fixing a match at the Traralgon Challenger tournament in Victoria in last October.

In a statement Victoria Police said that 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.

As per the Local media report 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.

Anderson coached by former professional Wayne Arthurs. Anderson is regarded as a promising prospect within the sport.

World number one tennis player –  Andy Murray, who also won in Doha, did not want to comment about the case but said the issue of match-fixing in tennis needed to be tackled.

Andy Murray said that It is disappointing for the game any time something like that comes out.  However, if people are caught and charged, I see that as being a positive thing. If it’s happening, there should be the most severe punishments for whoever is involved in it.