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|Born||14 July 1981|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 27 (15 October 2007)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)|
|French Open||3R (2004, 2007)|
|US Open||2R (2004, 2011)|
|Highest ranking||No. 40 (18 June 2012)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2011, 2012)|
|French Open||SF (2012)|
|US Open||3R (2011)|
|Last updated on: 15 March 2016.|
Potito Starace (Italian pronunciation: [poˈtiːto staˈraːtʃe]; 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.
Starace was banned from tennis for life by the Italian Tennis Federation and by the Tennis Integrity Unit for betting offences.
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.
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.
In 2015, the Italian Tennis Federation banned Bracciali and Starace for life. In 2019, he was banned by the Tennis Integrity Unit for life, subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
ATP career finals
Singles: 4 (0–4)
|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)
|Runner-up||1.||15 March 2006||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Filippo Volandri|| František Čermák
|Winner||1.||4 March 2007||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Martín Vassallo Argüello|| Lukáš Dlouhý
|Winner||2.||29 July 2007||Austrian Open, Kitzbühel, Austria||Clay||Luis Horna|| Tomas Behrend
|Winner||3.||6 October 2008||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Sergiy Stakhovsky|| Stephen Huss
|7–6(7–4), 2–6, [10–6]|
|Runner-up||2.||7 February 2010||Movistar Open, Santiago, Chile||Clay||Horacio Zeballos|| Łukasz Kubot
|Runner-up||3.||27 February 2010||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Fabio Fognini|| Łukasz Kubot
|Winner||4.||31 October 2010||St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia||Hard (i)||Daniele Bracciali|| Rohan Bopanna
|Winner||5.||24 September 2011||BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy, Bucarest, Romania||Clay||Daniele Bracciali|| Julian Knowle
|3–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
|Winner||6.||10 February 2013||VTR Open, Viña del Mar, Chile||Clay||Paolo Lorenzi|| Juan Mónaco
Current through 2015 French Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|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|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||1R||2R||A||1R||Q1||A||1R||2R||A||Q2||A||2–5|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||A||A||A||A||A||A||0–0|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||A||A||2R||Not Masters Series||1–1|
|Year End Ranking||76||105||83||31||72||62||47||58||164||152||163|
Current through 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Top 10 wins
- Starace has a 2–23 (.080) record against players who were, at the time the match was played, ranked in the top 10.
|1.||Sébastien Grosjean||10||Roland Garros, Paris, France||Clay||2R||7–6(8–6), 6–3, 6–4|
|2.||Carlos Moyá||8||Rome, Italy||Clay||1R||6–4, 7–6(9–7)|
- Luciano Canepari. "Potito". DiPI Online (in Italian). Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- Luciano Canepari. "Starace". DiPI Online (in Italian). Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- Olympic results
- Italian tennis players Daniele Bracciali, Potito Starace banned for fixing