Oliver Anderson

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Oliver Anderson
Country (sports)  Australia
Residence Brisbane, Australia
Born (1998-04-30) 30 April 1998 (age 20)
Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Wayne Arthurs
Prize money $20,735
Singles
Career record 0-1
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 639 (11 July 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q2 (2016)
Australian Open Junior W (2016)
Doubles
Career record 0
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 1253 (17 October 2016)
Last updated on: 7 July 2017.

Oliver Anderson (born 30 April 1998) is an Australian tennis player. Anderson remains suspended from playing professional tennis due to being found guilty of match fixing his first round match at the 2016 Latrobe City Traralgon ATP Challenger.

Anderson is best known for winning the 2016 Australian Open – Boys' Singles title over Jurabek Karimov.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

Anderson made his professional debut at the age of 14 in March 2013 when he received a wildcard entry into an Australian futures tournament in his home state of Queensland. He would lose in the first round of both the singles and doubles tournaments. Anderson secured his first ranking point in September 2013 when he defeated Jay Andrijic in the first round of an Australian futures tournament held in Cairns. He continued to improve his ranking through 2014 and 2015 with several wins spread across the challengers tour and the futures circuit.

2016[edit]

To begin 2016, Anderson received a qualifying wildcard into his hometown tournament – the Brisbane International. He would record two upset victories from a set down over the eighth seed Dennis Novikov and the fourth seed Tim Smyczek to qualify for his first ever ATP main draw tournament at the age of 17. He faced Croatian Ivan Dodig in the first round, losing 6–3, 6–2. Anderson was then given a wildcards into the 2016 Australian Open men's qualifying tournament and the junior boys' competition. He was lost in the second round of qualifying tournament but went on to win the junior singles title with a three set win over Uzbekistan's Jurabek Karimov in the final. This was Anderson's first junior grand slam title. Anderson didn't play again until May where he was eliminated in round one of qualifying for Busan and Seoul Challengers. Anderson had a further 4 months off for hip surgery returning to the ITF circuit in September. In October, Anderson was given a wildcard into the Traralgon Challenger, he lost in round 2 to John-Patrick Smith. Anderson ended the year with an ATP ranking of 736.

Match-fixing Scandal[edit]

On 5 January 2017, Anderson was charged with match-fixing his first round match at the 2016 Latrobe City Traralgon ATP Challenger in October 2016. Anderson was approached to tank the first set of his first round match against Australian Harrison Lombe. He lost the first set 4–6, but won the next two 6–0, 6–2.[2][3]

In May 2017, Anderson pleaded guilty to the match-fixing charge and was fined $500 by Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court, Victoria. Anderson remains suspended (since February 2017) until the Tennis Integrity Unit investigations, and the independent Anti-Corruption Hearing process that will follow, have concluded.[4] .

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian Open: Oliver Anderson wins junior boys' final at Melbourne Park". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Reigning Australian Open boys champion Oliver Anderson charged with match fixing". Sydney Morning Herald. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Australian junior Oliver Anderson on match-fixing charge, say reports". The Guardian. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  4. ^ "OLIVER ANDERSON TO FACE TENNIS DISCIPLINARY CHARGES". Tennis Integrity Unit. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 31 Jan 2018.

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