MILAN Oct 25 Former world number 92 Federico
Luzzi has died of leukemia aged 28, the Italian tennis
federation said on Saturday.
A statement said Luzzi had died in hospital in his home town
of Arezzo after suffering a rapid form of the disease.
He was playing in a club match in Sardinia last Sunday when
he retired because of a strong fever and his health quickly
Luzzi reached a world ranking high of 92 in Feb. 2002 before
suffering a serious shoulder problem which then plagued his
In February he was fined $50,000 by the ATP and banned for
200 days after being found guilty of wagering on the outcome of
matches from May 2004 to April 2007.
(Reporting by Mark Meadows, editing by Justin Palmer)