Friday, 23 September 2016

TENNIS PLAYER BANNED FOR SEVEN MONTHS AFTER GAMBLING ON MATCHES

A French Tennis Player ranked 164 in the world has been banned after betting on 220 matches.

Constant Lestienne placed the bets - none of which involved him - over a three and half year period.

The 24-year-old who has never won an ATP title, has been suspended for seven months and handed a fine of $10,000 (£7,698).

He was found guilty by the Tennis Integrity Unit, who said the offences were commited between February 2012 and June 2015.

According to BBC, Lestienne has been offered a deal by the TIU.

Half of his ban will be suspended pending any further offences and if he helps educate other young players about anti-corruption his fine will also be halved.

At 164 Lestienne is the highest ranked he has ever been in his career, but has picked up only $47,000 in prize money this year.

The TIU was set up eight years ago by some of the sport's governing bodies to help fight corruption in tennis, specifically betting-related activity.


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