Tennis´ brush with match-fixing and money - Part 2: Oliver Anderson



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Tennis´ brush with match-fixing and money - Part 2: Oliver Anderson

Oliver Anderson savored the concept of victory in tennis: the Australian won 2016 Australian Open junior and, according to experts and insiders, he was destined for a great future in the Game. A future that he ruined only nine months after that victory by fixing a tennis match.

After the accusation and the arrest, the Australian started a new career as a designer, forgetting about tennis. At that time he was only 18-years-old, and he had altered the outcome of the first-round match played at the 2016 Latrobe City Traralgon ATP Challenger, in October.

A family spokesman stated that Anderson would cooperate with the authorities, while also awaiting his trial. While coach Wayne Arthurs declined to comment on the problem, Fairfax Media interviewed the people who attended his games, pointing out that nothing unusual had happened in the match.

"We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior, it's simple," said Neil Patterson, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner. “I am not saying that these things do not happen at higher professional levels since we know this is not the case.

Match-fixing is one of the types of criminal organizations that are growing fastest worldwide. Betting on oneself by the player and bets on individual sports are the biggest risks for us," he said. The Traralgon Challenger is not new to the betting world: in December 2014, Nick Lindahl was accused of asking Adam Feeney to lose the first-round match, with Nick allegedly telling Matt Fox, a year earlier, accused of using improper information to bet, that he had lost a match on purpose in an ITF Futures event in Toowoomba, in September 2013.

After such accusations, Lindahl retired from professional tennis. After that, Oliver Anderson changed his life: "I admitted everything because I want to help other players who are in the same situation. I am not looking for excuses, I was stupid, I knew it was the wrong thing to do, I have no excuse," he said.

Today Anderson has totally changed his profession: professional tennis is now only a memory, and today he is dedicating himself to designing, his new career, looking for a new beginning.