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A former junior tennis champion isn’t going to jail, but his career is likely over after admitting to match-fixing.
Oliver Anderson, who won the juniors title at the 2016 Australian Open, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges relating to fixing his first-round match against fellow Aussie Harrison Lombe in a tournament Down Under last October.
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The once-promising tennis star’s cover was busted after a magistrate heard a friend approached the 19-year-old about intentionally dropping the first set of the match. After the draw for the Traralgon Challenger was announced, Anderson agreed to the scheme.
Soon after, Crownbet, an Australian online betting service, reported a suspicious bet to authorities: Someone tried placing a $10,000 bet on Lombe — 900 spots below Anderson in the ranking at the time, according to the Sydney Morning Herald — to win the first set of the relatively obscure match. The online bookie blocked the initial bet, but allowed another to pass through for $2,000 at 6-1 odds.
Anderson dropped the first set 6-4 — conceivably close enough to not raise too many eyebrows — before he blew Lombe away, 6-0, 6-2, in the next two sets to win the match.
Anderson lost his next match against John-Patrick Smith, 6-2, 6-1, which quite possibly could be the last match he’ll ever play. He was arrested and charged just two days later.
In his defense, Anderson’s lawyer argued that the Australian felt financial pressure after he signed a contract with a sponsor. Anderson felt his injuries at the time would cause him to come up short of meeting the appearances requirement in the sponsorship contract, which would cause him to have to repay the sponsor. He claims he agreed to throw the first set because he needed money to repay his debt, ABC AU reported.
Anderson agreed to pay a $500 fine and has been given a two-year good behavior bond, which is similar to probation.
But his tennis career is all but over.
Earlier this year, the Tennis Integrity Unit banned Anderson from competing in or attending any professional matches until the investigation was finished. In a similar match-fixing scandal, Australian tennis player Nick Lindahl was banned for seven years and fined $35,000 for throwing a match in 2013.