Being suspended has been helfpul for me, claims Constant Lestienne

Tennis: The 24-year-old Frenchman worked on his physical condition, and says he has grown on a ''personal level.''

by Dzevad Mesic
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Being suspended has been helfpul for me, claims Constant Lestienne

Being suspended has been helpful in some ways, claims Constant Lestienne. Lestienne was found guilty of betting on 220 matches by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) in September. The TIU revealed that none of the matches involved the French tennis player.

The 24-year-old received a seven-month ban and was fined $10.000. However, the TIU said his suspension will be suspended in half on ''condition of no further offences,'' and if he ''gives assistance'' to the TIU. Lestienne was set to make his debut at this year's Roland Garros - but his wildcard got revoked after it was revealed that he had put a bet on the 2015 French Open final between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.

In an interview, Lestienne said that he ''became stronger'' following this story, and he knew how to ''bounce back'' after the French Open scene. ''Then I learned that my suspension was reduced to three and a half months, so I did everything possible to be in the best possible physical condition,'' added the world number 165. ''I trained even harder and longer than the others and I really think that for this coming year I will be able to be even stronger than before.

''This story has really made me grow on a personal level and I think this will have impact on my game.'' Also read: Constant Lestienne: 'The Tennis Integrity Unit talked to me like to a criminal'

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