Tennis-French Federation extends Paire suspension

PARIS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has extended Benoit Paire's suspension until the end of February 2017 for "damaging" the organisation's image by his behaviour at the Rio Olympics. The FFT, however, lifted bans on Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic who were sanctioned for criticising the organisation following a mix-up over their clothing in a first-round women's doubles loss at the Games. The FFT admitted it was partly responsible for the confusion and the two players will be available for the Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic in November. Paire was kicked out of his country's Olympic team for spending too much time away from the athletes' village. The suspension means he cannot be selected in the French Davis Cup team and will not benefit from the federation's help. (Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Ed Osmond)