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Italian federation probing Di Mauro for bets on others' matches

11/9/2007 - Tennis

MILAN, Italy -- Alessio Di Mauro is under
investigation for betting on other players' matches, the
Italian Tennis Federation said.

The world No. 124, who made the first round of the
Australian and French Opens this year, could face a three-year
ban and a large fine if found guilty of online gambling.

"He has an online account, it is a personal account. It is
a new thing, we are still waiting for the ATP but sanctions are
possible," an Italian tennis federation spokeswoman said on
Friday, adding he had not bet on his own matches.

The ATP has refused to comment.

Di Mauro, 30, gained a ranking high of 68 in February after
reaching his first ATP final in Buenos Aires, where he lost to
Argentina's Juan Monaco.

Tennis is cracking down on betting after a troubled period
for the sport.

A match in August between Russia's Nikolay Davydenko and
lowly-ranked Argentine Martin Vassallo Arguello in Poland was
voided by British online betting exchange Betfair because of
unusual betting patterns.

Several players have since said they had turned down offers
to throw a match in exchange of money.