A man who became infatuated with the Swiss tennis star, Martina Hingis, has been sentenced to two years in jail for stalking her.This content was published on April 13, 2001 - 13:09
A court in Miami handed down the sentence to Croatian-born Dubravko Rajcevic, after finding him guilty last week of stalking and trespassing during a tournament in Key Biscayne, in Florida.
The court heard that he followed the world number one to tennis tournaments, hung around outside her Zurich home, and sent her flowers, letters and faxes.
Prosecutors had asked for the maximum sentence of four years for Rajcevic but told the judge that Hingis' family would accept two years if the sentencing included an order that he stay away from her, which it did.
Rajcevic refused two plea bargains that would have set him free if he agreed to have no contact with Hingis for two years.
Rajcevic, who is an Australian citizen, maintained throughout the trial that he meant no harm to the 20-year-old tennis player.
Previous psychological evaluations revealed that the 46-year-old was delusional about Hingis but was fit to stand trial.
swissinfo with agencies
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