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Fifth Italian banned for betting on tennis

ROME, March 1 (UPI) -- Federico Luzzi has become the fifth Italian tennis player to be banned by the men's tennis tour for betting on matches, it was reported Saturday.

Luzzi, 28, who is ranked No. 139 in the latest world by the Association of Tennis Professionals tour, was banned for 200 days and fined $50,000 for making 273 bets on 836 matches between May 2004 and April 2007, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. The ATP said he violated its anti-corruption program.

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"The ATP found no evidence of any attempt by Luzzi to affect the outcome of any tennis match," the association said in a statement. "This was a conclusion shared by the independent anti-corruption hearing officer, Dr. Peter Bratschi."

Previously, Giorgio Galimberti, Potito Starace, Daniele Bracciali and Alessio Di Mauro also were banned.

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