Federico Luzzi

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Federico Luzzi
Federico Luzzi.jpg
Country  Italy
Residence Arezzo, Italy
Born (1980-01-03)3 January 1980
Arezzo, Italy
Died 25 October 2008(2008-10-25) (aged 28)
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1999
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $544,562
Career record 18–31
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 92 (11 February 2002)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2006)
French Open 1R (2001, 2002)
Career record 1–6
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 258 (3 November 2003)

Federico Luzzi (3 January 1980 – 25 October 2008) was a professional tennis player from Italy who had been ranked as high as World No. 92. Luzzi had been suspended from professional tennis in 2008 for six months after a determination was made that he had gambled on the outcome of matches over a three-year span. He was diagnosed with leukemia on a Wednesday and died four days later. While he was on suspension and awaiting the outcome of the case he studied acting in Hollywood. He screen tested and was to return to Hollywood in 2009 to begin filming two movies.

Fedelux charity has become world famous in honor of his death, searching for a cure for Cancer.

Tennis career[edit]

The 6'2'' (187 cm), 176 lbs (80 kg) Luzzi, coached by Umberto Rianna, turned pro in 1999.[1] His best season was in 2001 when he finished with the year ranked 96, having reached the quarterfinals at the Ciutat de Barcelona Tennis Tournament, won two ATP Challenger Series titles and made his Davis Cup debut.[2]

In February 2002, Luzzi attained a world ranking of 92, the highest in his career. A serious shoulder injury plagued him for the remainder of his career.[3]

Officials at the 2007 U.S. Open would not allow Luzzi to play while wearing a shirt with a Playboy bunny, as the logo failed a United States Tennis Association policy that only allows logos for recognized clothing manufacturers. Luzzi had worn the shirt during an opening qualifying match, but the USTA imposed the restriction before his second match, which Luzzi lost to Gabriel Trujillo-Soler of Spain.[4]

In February 2008, the Association of Tennis Professionals found him guilty of wagering on the outcome of matches from May 2004 to April 2007. The ATP's Anti-Corruption Program prohibits all gambling on any form of tennis. The ATP banned Luzzi from playing for 200 days and fined him $50,000. The ATP determined that he had "wagered 273 times on 836 tennis matches", including a wager he had placed on himself to win a match, but the ATP stated that it had not uncovered any evidence that he had attempted to influence the result of any tennis match.[5]

Illness and death[edit]

Luzzi was forced to retire from a club match in Sardinia in mid-October due to a fever. He went to the hospital and on Wednesday 21 October was diagnosed with cancer. Luzzi had contracted a rapid form of fulmonic leukemia, and died four days later on 25 October 2008 in a hospital in his home town of Arezzo at age 28.[3] His funeral was held in his hometown of Arezzo and was attended by over 3500 people including all of the officials of FIT along with previous and current tennis stars of Italy. His pall bearers were his best friends.

Singles Titles[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 12 February 2001 India Mumbai Hard Italy Stefano Galvani 6–7(2), 7–5, 7–6(4)
2. 27 August 2001 Italy Brindisi Clay Greece Vasilis Mazarakis 0–6, 7–6(3), 6–4
3. 26 February 2007 France Cherbourg Indoor Hard France Jérôme Haehnel 7–5, 7–6(6)


  1. ^ Player Profile: Federico Luzzi, Association of Tennis Professionals. Accessed 25 October 2008.
  2. ^ Staff. "ATP Pro Federico Luzzi Passes Away", Association of Tennis Professionals, 25 October 2008. Accessed 25 October 2008.
  3. ^ a b Staff. "Tennis-Italy's Luzzi dies of leukemia at 28", Reuters, 25 October 2008. Accessed 25 October 2008.
  4. ^ Staff. "Duce on the loose this fall on South Carolina radio", The Post and Courier, 26 August 2007. Accessed 25 October 2008.
  5. ^ Staff. "Fifth Italian banned for betting", BBC Sport, 29 February 2008. Accessed 25 October 2008.

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