Saturday, October 25, 2008
Luzzi dies of leukemia; once suspended for betting on sport
ROME -- Federico Luzzi, a former top-100 tennis player, has died of leukemia. He was 28.
Luzzi died at a hospital in Arezzo, the Italian Tennis Federation said Saturday. He had been there for a few days after retiring last weekend from an Italian league match citing a high fever.
Luzzi reached a career-high ranking of No. 92 in 2002, but a shoulder injury afflicted him for the rest of his career.
He had a 2-2 record with Italy's Davis Cup team. In 2001, Luzzi beat Ville Liukko of Finland 14-12 in the fifth set after 4 hours, 35 minutes -- the longest Davis Cup match ever played by an Italian.
In February, Luzzi was suspended for 200 days and fined $50,000 by the ATP for betting on tennis.
Luzzi is survived by his parents, Paola and Maurizio, and his sister, Francesca.