Wed, Jun 14, 3:40pm by Staff Writer
A fellow tennis professional has been charged over a match fixing scandal which engulfed former Australian Open junior champion Oliver Anderson.
Isaac Frost, 28, faced Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday to face a multitude of charges, including facilitating match fixing for pecuniary benefit.
Police are alleging Frost encouraged Anderson to throw the first set of a match at a tennis tournament in Traralgon last October.
Anderson has already plead guilty to a match-fixing offence in a Victorian court last month admitting that he’d been asked to throw the first set against Harrison Lombe before winning the match.
The alarm was raised by betting agency Crownbet when one punter wanted to have $10,000 on Anderson losing the first set and then win the remaining two.
The punter was let on for $2000, but Crownbet reported the approach to Tennis Australia’s Integrity Unit.
Anderson was contrite at his court hearing, saying he faced financial pressures from sponsors. The news that Anderson faced charges broke just before this year’s Australian Open, less than 12 months after he’d been crowned a junior Grand Slam champion.
He was given a $500 fine and a two-year good behaviour bond, but is now at the centre of an ongoing investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit, who can impose playing bans on him.
Police wouldn’t comment whether the investigation into the match was ongoing when Anderson faced court, but just weeks later, their Queensland counterparts moved on Frost, who also faces a range of drugs charges.
At this stage it is not clear whether Frost is alleged to be the chief beneficiary of the sting.
Frost’s tennis career never reached any significant heights, with his ranking peaking at 458 in 2012. His last match was in a Cairns challenger tournament in October last year
Detective Superintendent John Wack said the investigation into the incident was ongoing and urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers or Policelink.
“Match fixing pulls at the very fabric of our sporting culture and identity,” the Detective Superintendent said.
“Our investigation remains on going and we would like anyone with any information which could assist to contact Policelink on 131 444 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
“Match fixing carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.”
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