ROME (AP) – Italian tennis player Daniele Bracciali partially admitted to match-fixing during a hearing last week with judicial authorities, a prosecutor said.
“He admitted a few things and he denied a few things” Italian investigator Roberto Di Martino told The Associated Press.
Bracciali and occasional doubles partner Potito Starace face corruption accusations after intercepted Internet conversations claiming they sold matches were printed in Italian media three weeks ago.
Bracciali and Starace were already two of five Italians – along with Alessio Di Mauro, Giorgio Galimberti and Federico Luzzi – who were given suspensions in 2007-08 by the ATP Tour ranging from six weeks to nine months for betting.
The intercepted comments are part of data that investigators led by Di Martino in Cremona have been sorting through in a soccer match-fixing inquiry. The roots of the soccer inquiry led to Singapore, and the tennis branch of the investigation is also extending beyond borders.
“The reality is it’s the same story as with the football case,” Di Martino said. “It’s reached a level where it’s all over the world.”
The Last Bet operation has resulted in more than 100 people placed under investigation in Italy since mid-2011, with suspect soccer matches being looked at by prosecutors in Cremona, Bari and Naples.
Di Martino would not confirm or deny reports that former Swedish tennis player Tomas Nydahl is also under investigation for recruiting players to fix matches.
“I can’t say. I don’t know where he is,” Di Martino said of the 46-year-old Nydahl, who reached a career-high ranking of No 72 in 1998.