Sydney - Former Australian Open junior champion Oliver
Anderson was fined $374 on Tuesday for fixing a match, but escaped a conviction
after admitting he threw a set, reports said.
The 19-year-old Australian appeared in the Latrobe Valley
Magistrates Court over the incident during a first-round clash at the
second-tier Traralgon Challenger event in Victoria in 2016.
He admitted a charge of corrupting the outcome of a sporting
The court heard Anderson, the 2016 Australian Open junior
winner, was approached a few days before the match by a friend who asked if he
would drop the first set, broadcaster ABC reported.
He agreed when he realised he could easily beat his first
round opponent Harrison Lombe, some 900 spots below him in the rankings.
He lost the first set 4-6, before taking the next two sets
6-0, 6-2 to win the match.
Police were alerted to suspicious activity by betting
company Crownbet after a punter tried to wager $7 493 on the match, ABC said.
It was rejected although a lower $1 498 bet was accepted.
In addition to the fine, Anderson was placed on a two-year
good-behaviour bond but no conviction was recorded.
News of the match-fixing charge surfaced just days before
this year's Australian Open, with leading players at the time voicing
frustration at another scandal hitting the sport.
On the eve of the Australian Open in 2016, there were
bombshell media allegations that match-fixing was rife in tennis and the
authorities had done little to counter corruption.