Former tennis coach and player Matthew Fox appears on charges of match fixing and drug trafficking at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. Matthew Charles Fox, a friend and former tennis player and coach, is alleged to have said that he would “tank” the match at the Toowoomba Futures tournament against qualifier Andrew Corbitt.
Fox, 27, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday to plead guilty to using corrupt conduct information to bet on two matches, trafficking cocaine, possessing cocaine and cannabis, and dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime.
He was fined $3500 and convicted of the betting charges, but was not convicted on the drugs and proceeds of crime related charges.
Purana task force detectives say that Fox and Lindahl agreed last year that Lindahl would throw his matches, and Fox would bet on the fixed results.
Police say Lindahl then convinced another Australian player, Adam Feeney, to also throw matches. Fox allegedly paid both players cash for the fixes.
Lindahl allegedly told Corbitt he planned on throwing their match, and asked if he would go along with it so he could earn a rankings point, but Corbitt refused. Corbitt won 6-2, 6-3, and match officials approached Lindahl afterwards.
On October 29 last year, Feeney played Bumpei Sato in a round one match at the Traralgon Challenger tournament. Feeney, ranked 386, lost the round one match 6-4, 6-4 to the 902-ranked Sato.
Lindahl and Feeney both retired after the tournaments that Fox betted on.
Police allege Fox won $1416 betting on Lindahl and $2718 on Feeney, and associates also placed bets. Police were unable to establish whether Fox had other betting accounts, but he had used a Sportingbet account registered to his father to place some of the bets and had also been recorded on CCTV cameras placing bets at Port Melbourne hotels. See more…