Italian Tennis Player Punished for Gambling

Galimberti suspended, fined; fourth Italian disciplined in scandal
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 10:18 PM CST
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(Newser) – Italian tennis player Giorgio Galimberti was found guilty of betting on tennis matches during a period dating from June 2003 to January 2006; Tour officials did not specify whether or not he ever bet on his own matches. “The ATP's Tennis Anti Corruption Program… unambiguously states that gambling on any form of tennis matches will not be tolerated,” said an ATP official, reports the Associated Press.

Galimberti became the fourth Italian player within the past several months to be suspended by the ATP for gambling; Potito Starace, Daniele Bracciali and Alessio Di Mauro were all found guilty last year of betting on matches not involving themselves. Galimberti was suspended for 100 days and fined $35,000. He is currently ranked No. 1,009 in the world.