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Luzzi dies of leukemia; once suspended for betting on sport

Updated: October 25, 2008, 2:59 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Federico Luzzi, a former top-100 tennis player, has died of leukemia. He was 28.

Luzzi died at a hospital in Arezzo, the Italian Tennis Federation said Saturday. He had been there for a few days after retiring last weekend from an Italian league match citing a high fever.

Luzzi reached a career-high ranking of No. 92 in 2002, but a shoulder injury afflicted him for the rest of his career.

He had a 2-2 record with Italy's Davis Cup team. In 2001, Luzzi beat Ville Liukko ...

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