Yet to be confirmed junior star and Australian Open competitor alleged to be involved in match fixing

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Yet to be confirmed junior star and Australian Open competitor alleged to be involved in match fixing

Back on July 18th it was reported that six people has been arrested by Australian Police in relation to match fixing and gambling in tennis (full story here). Since then only one of the six was formally charged which was Matthew Fox.

Fox was a former player and current coach of Australian player James Lemke who reached a rankings high of 224 in June 2011. Fox himself only had a very brief experience on the pro tour in the doubles section with a career win-loss of 11-20.

Fox is accused of passing on match information to five men (of which one formerly worked with Marinko Matosevic) with the intent to corrupt matches. There has however been a new twist to this investigation. Australian media company Fairfax Media has now claimed that a former top 200 player who played at the Australian Open gave tips to players and coaches about fixed matches.

The promising junior player has had their name concealed at the moment however The Age has reported that James Lemke who is coached by fox is not a suspect. The accused player has denied the accusation when he was asked by Fairfax Media and said that he has not been interviewed by the police or any tennis official regarding the matter.

The report did let slip that the accused player in question had won a set against a top ten player at the Australian Open. The player apparently gave tips about matches he was playing or other fixed matches that he was aware of at Challenger and Futures events.

This suggest that the player was either directly involved in match fixing or knew of matches being fixed by failed to report them to the tennis authorities. In recent months there has been a series of match fixing issues in tennis especially at lower level tournaments where the prize money is low.

Back in August Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten claimed that up to 20 players was offered up to $5,500 for taking part in match fixing at two Danish ITF events. Meanwhile anti-match fixing organisation Federbet claimed that they identified three seperate cases of match fixing back in June.