Tennis player banned for gambling on 220 games

TennisA French tennis player ranked 164 in the world has been banned after betting on an incredible 220 matches.

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

Now 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 committed between February 2012 and June 2015.

According to the 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.

- The MirrorOnline

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