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Friday, February 29, 2008
Luzzi fined $50,000, suspended 200 days

Associated Press

LONDON -- Federico Luzzi was suspended 200 days and fined $50,000 by the ATP on Friday for betting 273 times on tennis matches. He's the fifth Italian player punished for gambling on matches.

The governing body of men's tennis said Luzzi placed one bet on himself -- a $4.50 wager that he would win.

The ATP began its investigation in August 2007 and found Luzzi bet 273 times on 836 matches between May 2004 and April 2007. The ATP and an anti-corruption hearing officer found "no evidence" the 28-year-old player tried to influence the results of matches on which he bet.

Luzzi, ranked a career-high 92nd in 2002, has an 18-31 career singles record.

On Feb. 18, Giorgio Galimberti was suspended for 100 days and fined $35,000. The ATP said Galimberti bet on tennis from June 2003 to January 2006, but did not specify if he bet on his matches.

Potito Starace, Daniele Bracciali and Alessio Di Mauro were determined to have gambled on matches involving others.

Starace was suspended in December for six weeks and fined $30,000. Bracciali was banned for three months and fined $20,000. Di Mauro drew a nine-month suspension in November and fined $60,000.

Last year, the online betting exchange Betfair voided bets on a match in Poland involving fourth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko and 87th-ranked Martin Vassallo Arguello. Davydenko withdrew in the third set because of a foot injury.