Montcourt to serve five weeks

5/14/2009 - Tennis

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt's suspension for betting on matches has been reduced from eight to five weeks.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday the 24-year-old Montcourt bet a total of $192 on 36 tennis events, though not on his own matches or at tournaments in which he was playing.

The CAS panel cites "the small amounts gambled [and] the absence of influence of the bets on the matches in question."

The court ordered the 135th-ranked Montcourt to serve a ban of five weeks starting July 6, which would allow him to enter Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Montcourt appealed to CAS against the eight-week suspension imposed by the ATP Tour last August, which forced him to miss the U.S Open.