yeah in the 80s. reached the dizzying heights of the Top 70. he sounded pretty intense about the game though.
my friend kindly translated what Bolelli had to say about the punishment on Sky Sports 24:
I respect the Azzurra shirt and I've always played tennis with heart. I've only asked to skip one match" Bolelli explained his version of the situation "2 weeks before the tie with Latvia, I informed Barazzutti and Palmieri that I'd like to continue the season on fast courts and skip the tie to play Bangkok and Tokyo. I took this decision together with my coach and staff. I asked to not be summoned only for this encounter, like other players did in the past, then when I saw that my name is on the list, I was surprised. I asked for cooperation from their part but there wasn't. It's not fair, I'd like to be given a little balance with my choices.
I only asked to skip one match, I didn't want to create any contoversy or create all this confusion. Unfortunately, there is no collaboration (from the Italian federation) and people now think that I refused the summoning, It's not that and I've my letter that explained these things.