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Italian Tennis Players Want Court To Dismiss Their Appeal

The Italian tennis players appealing a lower court dismissal of their lawsuit against the ATP asked the appeals court yesterday to dismiss their appeal. The move comes shortly after their attorney asked to be removed from the case. The four Italian players in the filing give no reason for the move to dismiss, which was filed with prejudice at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, meaning they could not refile. The move comes after their lawyer, Robert Elgidely of Genovese Joblove & Battista, filed to stand down as their attorney, citing irreconcilable differences.

The players had sued the ATP for sanctioning and fining them for gambling offenses. A lower district court earlier this year dismissed the lawsuit, and the ATP has moved to collect about half a million dollars in legal fees. The lower court ruled it would wait out the appeal before deciding on the fines. The players are Giorgio Galimberti, Alessio Di Mauro, Potito Starace and Danielle Bracciali. The estate of the late Federico Luzzi is also a plaintiff.
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