Constant Lestienne: 'The Tennis Integrity Unit talked to me like to a criminal'

Tennis: Lestienne was found guilty of betting on 220 matches in this year's September. He got banned for seven months and was fined $10,000 after he was found guilty.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Constant Lestienne: 'The Tennis Integrity Unit talked to me like to a criminal'

Constant Lestienne says the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) wasn't easy on him during his interrogation. Back in September, the Frenchman was found guilty of betting on 220 matches between February 2012 and last year's June. The TIU revealed ''none of the matches involved Lestienne.'' He received a seven-month ban and was fined $10,000 after he was found guilty.

However, the TIU was open to reducing the 24-year-old's ban in half ''on condition of no further offences,'' and if he ''gives assistance'' to the TIU. ''Ninety minutes of a recorded interrogation,'' said Lestienne, reveals. ''They talked to me like to a criminal, made me understand that I had broken the law, asked me if I had several SIM cards, if I had installed an application on my smartphone, and so on.'' Lestienne described the interrogation with using the words ''long, intrusive and scary.'' He hasn't played since the qualification for the Moselle Open in Metz.

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