Roland Garros revokes wildcard from France´s Constant Lestienne!

Tennis - The World No. 206 is under investigation for a ´minor breach´ of tennis anti-corruption program.

by Luigi Gatto
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Roland Garros revokes wildcard from France´s Constant Lestienne!

Roland Garros event decided to revoke the wild card from France's Constant Lestienne. The World No. 206, who was awarded by the organizers for the last great result he reached, is under investigation for a "minor breach" of tennis anti-corruption program.

Because of that, organizers of the Second Grand Slam of the season took this decision. In the next hours organizers will announce who will be given the wild card. Gregoire Barrere, Julien Benneteau, Stephane Robert, Mathias Bourgue, Quentin Halys are the other French players who have received wild cards and who did not have to play the qualifiers.

The American Bjorn Fratangelo and Australian Jordan Thompson have been awarded wild cards as well as per the existing agreement between French Tennis Federation and Australian, and American Tennis Federations. UPDATE: The reason why Constant Lestienne has been revoked a French Open wild card, has been revealed.

The World No. 206, who could not play the Second Grand Slam of the season for a "minor violation" of the rules at first, placed 2.90 euros on the men's French Open final between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka. The rules say that a professional tennis player cannot place any money on any tennis match.

'Like many of my generation, I have an online account which I use for Parisian sports - admitted Lestienne through a statement released by the French press - I had not wagered on tennis since 2013, except on this occasion.' 'I had 2.90 Euros in winnings that I wagered on the final of Roland Garros.

[It was] such a small amount [that] I did not imagine for an instant there would be consequences. It did not have any influence on the match. I won, also, 1.40 Euros. In two hours I realized my mistake, but the damage was done.' Lestienne recognized that he made the error, but criticized the Federation for being too strict: 'I find the sanction disproportionate to the facts,” he said.

“It was a demand for information, to which I have complied for six months, and to date no decision has been announced by the TIU.' For placing 2.90 euros, he lost at least 30.000 euros this week at the Roland Garros, which is the prize money of the first-round losers.

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