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Potito Starace (Italian pronunciation: [poˈtiːto staˈraːtʃe];[1][2] born 14 July 1981) is an Italian retired 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.

Potito Starace
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Country (sports) Italy
ResidenceCervinara, Italy
Born (1981-07-14) 14 July 1981 (age 38)
Cervinara, Italy
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2001
Retired2015 (banned)
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$3,784,550
Singles
Career record161–193
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 27 (15 October 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
French Open3R (2004, 2007)
Wimbledon2R (2009)
US Open2R (2004, 2011)
Doubles
Career record110-114
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 40 (18 June 2012)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2011, 2012)
French OpenSF (2012)
Wimbledon2R (2006)
US Open3R (2011)
Last updated on: 15 March 2016.
Starace at the 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament.

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

CareerEdit

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.[3]

Betting scandalEdit

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.[4]

In 2015, the Italian Tennis Federation banned Bracciali and Starace for life.[5] In 2019, he was banned by the Tennis Integrity Unit for life, subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[6]

ATP career finalsEdit

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   Nicolás Almagro 6–4, 2–6, 1–6
Runner-up 2. 29 July 2007 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Juan Mónaco 7–5, 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 1 August 2010 ATP Studena Croatia Open Umag, Umag, Croatia Clay   Juan Carlos Ferrero 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 10 April 2011 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay   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   Filippo Volandri   František Čermák
  Leoš Friedl
5–7, 2–6
Winner 1. 4 March 2007 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay   Martín Vassallo Argüello   Lukáš Dlouhý
  Pavel Vízner
6–0, 6–2
Winner 2. 29 July 2007 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Luis Horna   Tomas Behrend
  Christopher Kas
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 3. 6 October 2008 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i)   Sergiy Stakhovsky   Stephen Huss
  Ross Hutchins
7–6(7–4), 2–6, [10–6]
Runner-up 2. 7 February 2010 Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile Clay   Horacio Zeballos   Łukasz Kubot
  Oliver Marach
4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 3. 27 February 2010 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Clay   Fabio Fognini   Łukasz Kubot
  Oliver Marach
0–6, 0–6
Winner 4. 31 October 2010 St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i)   Daniele Bracciali   Rohan Bopanna
  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 5. 24 September 2011 BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy, Bucarest, Romania Clay   Daniele Bracciali   Julian Knowle
  David Marrero
3–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Winner 6. 10 February 2013 VTR Open, Viña del Mar, Chile Clay   Paolo Lorenzi   Juan Mónaco
  Rafael Nadal
6–2, 6–4

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

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

DoublesEdit

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

Top 10 winsEdit

  • Starace has a 2–23 (.080) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
Season 2004 2005 Total
Wins 1 1 2
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2004
1.   Sébastien Grosjean 10 Roland Garros, Paris, France Clay 2R 7–6(8–6), 6–3, 6–4
2005
2.   Carlos Moyá 8 Rome, Italy Clay 1R 6–4, 7–6(9–7)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Luciano Canepari. "Potito". DiPI Online (in Italian). Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ Luciano Canepari. "Starace". DiPI Online (in Italian). Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ Olympic results
  4. ^ http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2014/10/15/scommesse-dopo-il-calcio-tocca-al-tennis-ombre-su-bracciali-e-starace/1155949/
  5. ^ Italian tennis players Daniele Bracciali, Potito Starace banned for fixing
  6. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/46296159

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