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Match Fixing And Drugs: Ex-Player Charged Over Oliver Anderson Case

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Australian police has arrested and charged former player Isaac Frost in connection to an ongoing investigation into match fixing.

Frost is suspected to be the individual who approached former Australian Open boys champion Oliver Anderson to throw his match. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to deliberately dropping a set at a Challenger match in Traralgon in 2016. Earlier this year Anderson avoided a custodial sentence after arguing that he only agreed to participate due to the pressure of trying to fulfil his sponsorship obligations according to his lawyer. He was instead slammed with a two-year good behaviour bond and fined AUS$500.

Former top-500 player Frost appeared at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday accused of facilitating the fix of a match. According to Australian law, he could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. In the wake of the Anderson case, a number of ‘tennis officials’ has since been questioned according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The names of those have not been disclosed to the public.

It has also been revealed that Frost supplied illegal drugs to others, including Anderson. Court files state that he dealt Anderson an unconfirmed amount of cannabis before he approached him to fix his match in 2016. Another recipient of illegal drugs from Frost was tennis coach Dean Santillan. Santillan’s son Akira is currently a top-200 player, but have not been specifically named in the files.

Besides match fixing, Frost is also charged with nine counts of supplying a dangerous drug and one offence of possessing a dangerous drug. Besides cannabis, he is also charged with dealing cocaine, oxycodone and other prescription medications.

The 27-year-old achieved a ranking high of 458th in 2012 and his only title occurred at an Australian Futures tournament in 2011. He last played a competitive match in October’s at a F8 Futures event in his home country.

He has a has been granted bail by the court despite police protest.

How did Anderson get caught?

Authorities were alerted about Anderson’s match in Traralgon by betting website Crownbets. The company noticed suspicious betting patterns occurring during the match and reported it to the police. One bettor tried to place AUS$10,000 on the match, but was rejected. They however allowed a wager of $2000 to be placed. Anderson won the match in three sets against a player ranked 900 places lower than him, giving the bettor winnings of $10,000.

Anderson is currently suspended from competition until the Tennis Integrity Unit conduct their own investigation.

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Novak Djokovic Withdraws From Masters 1000 Event In Madrid

Novak Djokovic will miss the Masters 1000 event in Madrid and will look to build up his Roland Garros preparations in Rome.

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Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Masters 1000 event in Madrid as he aims for quality over quantity in his bid for Roland Garros glory.

The world number one has had a rough start to the season by his standards as he is yet to win a title this season after a semi-final defeat to Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open.

Djokovic was hoping a change of surface would bring a change of fortunes but the Serb was defeated in three sets in the semi-finals of Monte-Carlo.

Now it seems that result has made Djokovic rethink his schedule as the current Roland Garros champion has withdrawn from Madrid.

No official reason has been given although the news seems to be not that surprising given Djokovic’s history in the Spanish capital.

The Serb hasn’t played since 2022, where he was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals, and has now won the title there for five years.

It looks like Djokovic will be putting his faith into more favourable conditions in Rome, which is the most similar to Roland Garros in terms of conditions.

Djokovic is a six-time champion in the Italian capital and will aim for a seventh title when he plays there on the 8th of May.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis Questions ‘Insane’ Drug Testing

Thanasi Kokkinakis has been tested three times within the last six days.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis has questioned persistent drug testing after he revealed he was tested three times in six days.

The Australian is in good form at the moment having won the Sarasota Challenger in Florida.

Kokkinakis claimed glory with a three set win over Zizou Bergs in the final as he continues to climb the rankings.

However that glory has been overshadowed by the fact that Kokkinakis has revealed he was drug tested three times within a six day period.

The world number 94 described it as ‘insane’ and it comes after Alexandre Muller complained of persistent drug testing after his recent defeats.

Doping has been a huge topic of conversations with Simona Halep losing two years of her career after testing positive after the US Open before the Court Of Arbitration For Sport shortened her case.

Kokkinakis will be hoping that this is the last time he has to deal with persistent drug testing as he continues his clay court season.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Saves Two Match Points To Extend Winning Streak In Barcelona

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a scare to reach the Barcelona semi-finals.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas saved two match points to defeat Facundo Diaz Acosta 4-6 6-3 7-6(8) in Barcelona.

The former finalist saved two match points against the inspired Argentinian as Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals.

It means Tsitsipas is 9-0 in the clay court season and has the chance to set up a potential rematch with Casper Ruud in the final.

The duo met in last week’s Monte-Carlo final where Tsitsipas claimed his third title in Monaco.

Speaking after the match Tsitsipas admitted it was difficult to sustain his level, “I was coming close [to losing] at certain moments in the match. It seemed like a mountain,” Tsitsipas stated to the ATP website.

“I reminded myself that I have a headband that I wear here that has a mountain and that I need to climb it, so it kept me going. It was difficult. It was extremely difficult to sustain the same level throughout the entire match and I think he played incredible.

“I think he left everything out there. He is a good clay-court player. He has a title on the ATP Tour for a reason and today it was a level he was able to bring out on the court that made it quite obvious.

“I got a little bit tense on my serve, I won’t lie. I think I started decelerating a lot, but once I got a hold of that I was conscious of that, it went back to where it belonged and helped me a lot in the tie-breaker because if I didn’t figure it out, I don’t know. It was very mental in general. I really had to go to uncomfortable places mentally and go over the limit at some point.”

Tsitsipas is currently seven in the world in the live rankings as the Greek is looking to claim his first title in Barcelona.

Next up for the Greek will be either Dusan Lajovic or Arthur Fils while Tomas Martin Etcheverry takes on Casper Ruud in the other semi-final.

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