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Italian tennis federation suspends Bracciali and Starace for 40 days in match-fixing inquiry

The Italian tennis federation has suspended Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace for 40 days while conducting a match-fixing inquiry into the two players.

Bracciali and occasional doubles partner Starace are the focus of an inquiry using intercepted phone and internet conversations led by judicial investigators in Cremona who are also sorting through a match-fixing inquiry into soccer.

In a July 2007 conversation between Bracciali and an accountant who was arrested in 2011, Bracciali discusses arranging a match in Newport, Rhode Island, against American player Scoville Jenkins.

In 2011, an owner of a betting parlor who was later arrested, is heard saying Starace agreed to sell the final of a tournament in Casablanca.

The federation says there is reason to believe that the players may have been involved in "illicit behavior."