Canadian tennis pro sentenced to 6 years in U.S. jail for child luring

Canadian tennis player Pierre-Ludovic Duclos-Lasnier, seen here at the Rogers Cup in Toronto in...

Canadian tennis player Pierre-Ludovic Duclos-Lasnier, seen here at the Rogers Cup in Toronto in August 2010, has been sentenced to six years in a U.S. jail for luring a child. (Mike Cassese/Reuters/Files)

Valerie Bidegare, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:23 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY - Canadian tennis pro Pierre-Ludovic Duclos-Lasnier has been sentenced to six years in a Florida prison and four years of probation for luring a child.

The former 229th-ranked tennis player in the world was stopped by police in Manatee County, Fla., in February 2013 while en route to what he thought was a rendezvous with a 13-year-old girl.

The girl was looking for a tennis coach when she met Duclos-Lasnier, now 28. Court documents show he sent the girl text messages and photos of a sexual nature.

Duclos-Lasnier's name has also been placed on Florida's sex offender registry.

While Tennis Canada hadn't worked with Duclos-Lasnier in a few years, he remained well-known in Canadian tennis circles.

"It's always terrible to hear about things like this," Tennis Canada spokesman Louis-Phillipe Dorais said. "Let's hope he serves his sentence and ends up back on the right track."


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