French tennis player in corruption probe axed at Roland Garros

Paris (AFP) –


France's world number 206 Constant Lestienne had his French Open wildcard withdrawn on Thursday after he was placed under a corruption investigation.

The 23-year-old, who plays mostly on the second-tier Challenger circuit, was poised to make his debut in the main draw of the tournament which starts at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Organisers said that Lestienne is under investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for what the French Tennis Federation (FFT) understood to be a "minor breach of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP)".

The FFT decided to revoke his wildcard to underline their "zero-tolerance approach to unethical conduct", said a statement.