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http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/05/19/1053196525095.html


Tennis coach on sex charges
May 20 2003
By Steve Butcher




One of Australia's leading tennis identities and the former coach of Mark Philippoussis and Monica Seles has been charged with indecent assault.

Gavin Maxwell Hopper was recently served in Queensland with a summons issued by Victorian police charging him with three counts of indecent assault allegedly committed in Melbourne up to 18 years ago.

Hopper, 47, has coached leading tennis players, including Wally Masur, Darren Cahill, Tommy Haas and Amanda Coetzer.

The summons alleges that Hopper, who runs the Cash-Hopper Tennis Academy on the Gold Coast's Hope Island resort with former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, committed two of the offences in Doncaster and the other in Prahran.

A spokesman for Victoria Police told The Age that a "former Melbourne man now residing on the Gold Coast" had been summonsed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on the three indecent assault charges.


The spokesman said it was alleged that the man, 47, had indecently assaulted a girl, then aged 15, between 1985 and 1986.

The man's name would not be released as he had been charged on summons, he said.

Hopper and his wife, Karen, appeared last year in an episode of the ABC's popular television series Australian Story, which centred on one of the couple's two daughters. The program, Blonde Ambition, highlighted Jade Hopper's tennis career - she was then aged 10 - and controversy surrounding the development of young athletes.

Hopper, a 13-year veteran of the world tennis tour, formerly worked at Wesley College and has taught at Melbourne and Deakin universities. He also was a fitness adviser with AFL side Fitzroy.

Hopper, of Paradise Waters, Queensland, did not return calls from The Age after attempts were made to contact him at the academy.
 

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shit omg omg omg wonder if its true
 

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What's up with Queensland sports coaches and sex abuse cases? Scott Volkers, the swimming coach of star pupils, Susie O'Neill and Samantha Riley, was also charged with sexual assault some time ago.
 

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Yes, but remember that Scott Volkers was also cleared of those charges. Seems to be the flavour of the day in Australia, that suddenly people are remembering that 20 years ago someone who is now famous molested them. Even if the accused are found not guilty the smear on their names will finish them off.
 

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Hey, I thought that dillying around was part of a tennis coach's pay. :eek:

Seriously, this 33 year old woman decides to come forth after bearly two damn decades with charges and she is instantly believed.
I assume that she has more evidence than one or two bad dreams.
 
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