ATP Seeks Legal Fees From Four Italian Players, One Estate
The ATP is seeking more than $480,000 in legal fees and costs from the four Italian players, and the estate of a fifth, whose lawsuit against the tour was thrown out of court last week. The players had been suspended and fined for gambling on the sport, but sued the ATP for allegedly improperly failing to notify them of their obligations. The court last week granted the ATP’s motion for summary judgment, agreeing that the arbitration process the players had agreed to originally more than sufficed.
“Despite the Plaintiffs’ creative labeling, they cannot avoid the truth about what this action really is – an attempt to relitigate the decisions and settlements reached in the arbitration proceedings,” the court ruled. Today, the ATP asked the court for the legal fees. The Florida federal court, despite the ruling in favor of the ATP, has not closed the door on ESPN’s request to unseal documents in the case. The court said ESPN can file a supplemental brief by March 24, and the ATP response is due April 14. The documents in question allegedly might show wide spread gambling among ATP players.