Constant Lestienne: 'I never wanted to fix matches'

Tennis - The French player clarifies the situation on Facebook

by Luigi Gatto
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Constant Lestienne: 'I never wanted to fix matches'

On Wednesday 21 September Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced that Constant Lestienne would be banned for seven months and fined $10.000 for having placed some money on 220 matches between 2012 and 2015, after that last year he had signed a contract with the TIU not to bet anymore.

This mistake cost him the wild card at the Roland Garros this year. 48 hours after the announcement of the sanction, the 24-year-old wanted to clarify the situation on his Facebook account. Lestienne admitted he had some bets but only until 2013, when he was out of the Atp Tour since he had started studying again in a High School in Amiens, and was not aware about the rules.

Since he learned about the regulations concerning betting he did not place any bet, except for the one in June 2015: he wanted to sell his account, as it was inactive since 2013, spending 2,90 euros (on Roland Garros 2015 semifinals).

He added that he never placed money to fix matches. Lestienne will return on the ATP tour in January 2017. Also Read: John McEnroe surprised by Novak Djokovic's dominance in the last two seasons

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