Potito Starace

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Potito Starace
Starace RG13 (9404553998).jpg
Country (sports)  Italy
Residence Cervinara, Italy
Born (1981-07-14) 14 July 1981 (age 35)
Cervinara, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 2001
Retired 2015 (banned)
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 3,784,550
Singles
Career record 161–193
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 27 (15 October 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
French Open 3R (2004, 2007)
Wimbledon 2R (2009)
US Open 2R (2004, 2011)
Doubles
Career record 110-114
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 40 (18 June 2012)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2011, 2012)
French Open SF (2012)
Wimbledon 2R (2006)
US Open 3R (2011)
Last updated on: 15 March 2016.
Starace at the 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament.

Potito Starace (born 14 July 1981) is a retired Italian professional tennis player on the ATP Tour. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of world no. 27 on October 15, 2007. He was a clay court specialist, and was coached by Umberto Rianna.

Starace was banned from tennis for life by the Italian Tennis Federation for betting offences.

Career[edit]

One of the most memorable runs of Starace's career was when he made the men's doubles semifinals of the 2012 French Open, partnering Daniele Bracciali, before succumbing to top seeds Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi.

In singles, he made four ATP finals but lost in all of them. On the Challenger tour, he won the San Marino CEPU Open three times, a record for the tournament, and the Tennis Napoli Cup four times, also a record. In doubles, he won six ATP titles.

He represented Italy at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he lost to eventual gold medallist Rafael Nadal in the first round.[1]

Betting scandal[edit]

Following Alessio di Mauro's 9-month ban in November 2007, Starace and Daniele Bracciali were each fined and given short suspensions from playing. Starace received a fine of £21,400 and a 6-week ban from January 1, 2008.

Starace's case revolved around his final in Casablanca against the Spaniard Pablo Andújar, which the Italian lost. Starace had led their head-to-head 5-0 going into the match. Bookmaker Massimo Erodiani asked via Skype if Starace had received a certified cheque to lose match and received an affirmative answer, explaining that all bets were safe on a Starace loss.[2]

In 2015, the Italian Tennis Federation banned Bracciali and Starace for life.[3]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (0–4)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–4)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 15 April 2007 Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana, Valencia, Spain Clay Spain Nicolás Almagro 6–4, 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 29 July 2007 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Argentina Juan Mónaco 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1 August 2010 ATP Studena Croatia Open Umag, Umag, Croatia Clay Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 10 April 2011 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay Spain Pablo Andújar 1–6, 2–6

Doubles: 9 (6–3)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–2)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–0)
Clay (4–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 15 March 2006 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Italy Filippo Volandri Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
5–7, 2–6
Winner 1. 4 March 2007 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Argentina Martín Vassallo Argüello Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
6–0, 6–2
Winner 2. 29 July 2007 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Peru Luis Horna Germany Tomas Behrend
Germany Christopher Kas
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 3. 6 October 2008 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Ukraine Sergiy Stakhovsky Australia Stephen Huss
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
7–6(7–4), 2–6, [10–6]
Runner-up 2. 7 February 2010 Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile Clay Argentina Horacio Zeballos Poland Łukasz Kubot
Austria Oliver Marach
4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. 27 February 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Italy Fabio Fognini Poland Łukasz Kubot
Austria Oliver Marach
0–6, 0–6
Winner 4. 31 October 2010 St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) Italy Daniele Bracciali India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 5. 24 September 2011 BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy, Bucarest, Romania Clay Italy Daniele Bracciali Austria Julian Knowle
Spain David Marrero
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Winner 6. 10 February 2013 VTR Open, Viña del Mar, Chile Clay Italy Paolo Lorenzi Argentina Juan Mónaco
Spain Rafael Nadal
6–2, 6–4

Performance timelines[edit]

Singles[edit]

Current through 2015 French Open.

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R Q1 Q3 A 0–7
French Open 3R A 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R A 1R Q1 6–9
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R A A 1–9
US Open 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R A A A 2–8
Win–Loss 3–3 0–3 0–4 2–4 0–3 2–4 1–4 1–4 0–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 9–33
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held 1R Not Held A Not Held 0–1
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A 1R A Q1 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R A A A 1–6
Miami Masters A 1R A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A 1–7
Monte Carlo Masters A 1R 2R A 1R Q1 A 1R 2R A Q2 A 2–5
Rome Masters A 2R 2R 3R 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R A A 9–9
Madrid Masters A A A 1R A A A 1R Q1 A A A 0–2
Canada Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A A A 0–0
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series A A A A A A 0–0
Paris Masters A A A 1R A A 1R A A A A 0–2
Hamburg Masters A A A A 2R Not Masters Series 1–1
Win–Loss 0–0 1–4 2–2 3–4 2–5 1–3 1–5 2–4 1–4 1–1 0–0 0–0 14–32
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–4
Year End Ranking 76 105 83 31 72 62 47 58 164 152 163

Doubles[edit]

Current through 2013 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 3R 2R 7–7
French Open QF 1R 1R 3R QF SF 2R 13–7
Wimbledon 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1–6
US Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 3R 4–6
Win–Loss 4–4 1–4 1–2 0–3 4–4 7–4 6–2 2–3 26–26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olympic results
  2. ^ http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2014/10/15/scommesse-dopo-il-calcio-tocca-al-tennis-ombre-su-bracciali-e-starace/1155949/
  3. ^ Italian tennis players Daniele Bracciali, Potito Starace banned for fixing

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