Marco Cecchinato, the Italian world number 143, has been banned from Tennis for 18 months and fined €40,000 for match-fixing. Cecchinato, part of the Italian Davis Cup squad just last weekend, is one of three Italian players to be banned, alongside Riccardo Accardi and Antonio Campo.
The Italian federation has suspended Cecchinato until January 2018 for allegedly throwing his match against Kamil Majchrzak in the quarter finals of an ATP Challenger Event in Morocco last October. Also in 2015, he is alleged to have altered the outcome of a doubles match with Luca Vanni in Prostejov.
The Italian tennis federation said: “Cecchinato has altered the results of his singles tennis match against Kamil Majchrzak at the ATP Challenger in Mohammedia in 2015, as well as his doubles match, played with Luca Vanni against Betov-Elgin, in the ATP Challenger in Prostejov, also in 2015.
“In addition to altering the results of those matches, Cecchinato was found guilty of giving confidential information about the upcoming match between Andreas Seppi and John Isner at the 2015 Roland Garros, and on a match of player Lorenzo Frigerio on the occasion of a Future ITF tournament.”
Meanwhile, Accardi was suspended for 12 months and fined €20,000, while Campo has been banned for four months and given a €10,000 fine for several alleged attempts at fixing matches.
An International Tennis Federation (ITF) statement confirmed that the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has asked the Italian federation to provide it with the evidence on which the sanctions were imposed.
“Once this evidence has been received and passed through the standard TIU investigative process, a decision will be made as to whether to charge (the three players) with a corruption offense under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme.”