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July 14, 1981 |
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 27 (October 15, 2007)|
|Current ranking||No. 165 (November 17, 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)|
|French Open||3R (2004, 2007)|
|US Open||2R (2004, 2011)|
|Highest ranking||No. 40 (June 18, 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 85 (November 17, 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2011, 2012)|
|French Open||SF (2012)|
|US Open||3R (2011)|
|Last updated on: 22 November 2014.|
Potito Starace (born July 14, 1981 in Cervinara) is a retired Italian professional tennis player on the ATP Tour. He achieved his career-high singles ranking of world no. 27 on October 15, 2007 and preferred to play on red clay. Umberto Rianna was his coach.
Starace was banned from tennis by the Italian Tennis Federation for betting.
One of the most memorable moments of Starace's career was when he made the men's doubles semifinals of the 2012 French Open with Daniele Bracciali. They lost to top seeds Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi.
In singles, he has played four ATP finals and lost all of them. On the Challenger tour, he won the San Marino CEPU Open three times, a record for that tournament, and the Tennis Napoli Cup four times, also a record. In doubles, he won six ATP titles.
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 revolves around his final in Casablanca against Pablo Andújar, where the Italian lost. Starace before the match led their head-to-head 5-0. Bookmaker Massimo Erodiani asked a certain "Corradino" via Skype if Starace had gotten a certified check for the money and received an affirmative answer, explaining that all the bets were safe on Starace's loss.
In 2015, the Italian Tennis Federation banned Bracciali and Starace lifelong.
ATP career finals
Singles: 4 (0–4)
|Runner-up||1.||April 15, 2007||Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana, Valencia, Spain||Clay||Nicolás Almagro||6–4, 2–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||July 29, 2007||Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Juan Mónaco||7–5, 3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||3.||August 1, 2010||ATP Studena Croatia Open Umag, Umag, Croatia||Clay||Juan Carlos Ferrero||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||April 10, 2011||Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco||Clay||Pablo Andújar||1–6, 2–6|
Doubles: 9 (6–3)
|Runner-up||1.||March 15, 2006||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Filippo Volandri|| František Čermák
|Winner||1.||March 4, 2007||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Martín Vassallo Argüello|| Lukáš Dlouhý
|Winner||2.||July 29, 2007||Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Luis Horna|| Tomas Behrend
|Winner||3.||October 6, 2008||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Sergiy Stakhovsky|| Stephen Huss
|7–6(7–4), 2–6, [10–6]|
|Runner-up||2.||February 7, 2010||Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile||Clay||Horacio Zeballos|| Łukasz Kubot
|Runner-up||3.||February 27, 2010||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Fabio Fognini|| Łukasz Kubot
|Winner||4.||October 31, 2010||St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia||Hard (i)||Daniele Bracciali|| Rohan Bopanna
|Winner||5.||September 24, 2011||BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy, Bucarest, Romania||Clay||Daniele Bracciali|| Julian Knowle
|3–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
|Winner||6.||February 10, 2013||VTR Open, Viña del Mar, Chile||Clay||Paolo Lorenzi|| Juan Mónaco
Singles performance timeline
Current through 2015 French Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|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|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||1R||2R||A||1R||Q1||A||1R||2R||A||Q2||A||2–5|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||A||A||A||A||A||A||0–0|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||Not Masters Series||1–1|
|Year End Ranking||76||105||83||31||72||62||47||58||164||152||163|
Doubles performance timeline
Current through 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
- Olympic results
- Italian tennis players Daniele Bracciali, Potito Starace banned for fixing