Giorgi issued 9-month Fed Cup ban by Italian federation

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.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.