Giorgi issued 9-month Fed Cup ban by Italian federation

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 01, 2017 10:30 AM
Giorgi issued 9-month Fed Cup ban by Italian federation
Italy's Camila Giorgi takes a towel from a ballboy as she plays Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

ROME (AP) — Camila Giorgi has been banned for nine months by the Italian Tennis Federation for refusing a Fed Cup callup.

The 74th-ranked Giorgi was also fined 30,000 euros ($32,000) for turning down a request to take part in Italy's tie against Spain in April.

The ban prevents Giorgi from Fed Cup play, training at federation facilities, and from receiving a wild card for the Italian Open in May.

Giorgi already sat out last year's Italian Open due to the dispute.

Giorgi's father and coach, Sergio, said she asked the federation for a break from national team play so she could compete in qualifying for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

Giorgi is the third highest ranked Italian after No. 21 Roberta Vinci and No. 47 Sara Errani.

She has played five ties since her Fed Cup debut in 2014, and won the only point in the quarterfinal loss to France last year.

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