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Mladenovic, Garcia, Paire suspended for 'damaging' French tennis image

PARIS -- The French tennis federation has provisionally suspended Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia and Benoit Paire for "damaging" its image at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Paire, who was seeded 16th at the Rio Games, was sent home after being kicked off France's team.

The 27-year-old Paire, ranked No. 34 in the world, broke team rules, the FFF said in its statement Sunday. He reportedly sometimes stayed away from the village or came back late. He also made dismissive comments about the importance of the Games because there are no ranking points.

Mladenovic and Garcia "sharply criticized" the FFF following their defeat in the first round of the doubles over a clothing mix-up, saying they were not informed by their federation that, as doubles partners, they had to wear the same colors.