(born January 10, 1978) is an Italian tennis
player. His career-high ranking in singles is World No. 49
, achieved on May 8, 2006.
Bracciali won his only ATP
singles title so far in April 2006, at Casablanca
, on clay. In the final he beat Nicolás Massú
In his career, Bracciali has won a total of seven matches at Grand Slam
tournaments - six at Wimbledon
and one at the Australian Open
. In 1998 and 2006 he reached the third round of Wimbledon, his best Grand Slam results so far. In the first round of Wimbledon in 2005, he defeated Ivo Karlović
in five sets after surviving 51 aces
from the Croat. He then took Andy Roddick
, the previous year's runner-up (and eventual runner-up that year as well), to five sets.
Following Alessio di Mauro
's nine-month ban in November 2007, Bracciali and Potito Starace
were each fined and given short suspensions from playing. Bracciali received a fine of £14,300 and a three-month ban from January 1, 2008. All of the players were Italian. None of the bets pertained to matches they were involved in or had any stake in.
The Italian Tennis Federation
criticized the ATP
for singling out Italian players, and Bracciali chastised them for only concentrating on less well-known players, for what he considered nominal offenses. Bracciali said, "We were the sacrificial lambs. But I cannot believe that we Italians were the only ones that placed the odd... Read More