Marco Cecchinato Reaches a Milestone, Carrying a Match-Fixing Millstone

The penalty handed down by the federation was immediately appealed, allowing Cecchinato to continue playing on tour.

Three months later, on the initial appeal, Cecchinato’s penalty was reduced to 12 months and 20,000 euros, largely because the evidence against him was considered too circumstantial. The federal court of appeal further reduced the penalty because they ruled that investigators had failed to prove that Cecchinato himself had ever profited from bets placed by Accardi, only that he had given him information — a lesser offense than profiting from the result himself.

As the case was being processed toward its next phase, it was declared a mistrial and was dropped completely because prosecutors for the federation had exceeded the 90-day limit to complete the initial trial phase.

Cecchinato, who lost to seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem in straight sets in a French Open semifinal match on Friday, has refused to speak about any aspect of the case.

“I told you, I don’t want to speak for that,” he said at his news conference on Wednesday. “I want to think for this moment in my life. And so next time: No, please. Thank you.”

Despite his desire to move on, it is possible that Cecchinato could still face further sanctions; the Tennis Integrity Unit, the sport’s international watchdog body, has never weighed in on his case. If they are still investigating him — in keeping with their policies, they have not confirmed whether they are or are not — a decision might still be to come.

The unit’s most recent major conviction, of 95th-ranked Nicolás Kicker, was handed down in May. That investigation, clandestine until just before the French Open also stemmed from matches which occurred in 2015, the most recent of which just one month before Cecchinato played in Morocco.

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