October 25, 2008 / 3:50 PM / 11 years ago

Tennis-Italy's Luzzi dies of leukemia at 28

MILAN, Oct 25 (Reuters) - 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 deteriorated.

Luzzi reached a world ranking high of 92 in Feb. 2002 before suffering a serious shoulder problem which then plagued his career.

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

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