Coach Hopper jailed over sex charges


SYDNEY: Disgraced Australian tennis coach Gavin Hopper, whose clients included some of the biggest names in the sport, was jailed for three-and-a-half years yesterday for nine sex offences involving a teenage girl. 

Hopper, a former coach to Grand Slam champions Monica Seles and Iva Majoli and leading men Mark Philippoussis and Tommy Haas, was found guilty on Monday of three counts of indecent assault and six of gross indecency involving a girl who attended a school where he taught in the 1980s. 

Victorian County Court judge Graeme Crossley said Hopper had shown no remorse, while the victim, now aged 33, had “suffered very considerably”. 

Hopper's four-year affair with the woman began in 1985 when she was 14, the court had been told. 

A professor of sports science and author who runs a tennis academy on Queensland's Gold Coast with Australia's 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, Hopper denied having a sexual relationship with the girl. 

His lawyers have said they will appeal the decision. 

Hopper is married with two girls aged 13 and nine. – Reuters 

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