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tennisgamers.com Forum Index » Men off the Court » French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt dies at 24
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Posted: Jul Tue 07, 2009 9:49 am       French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt dies at 24
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  French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt, who was recently banned for betting on matches, has died. He was 24.

The French tennis federation said Tuesday that Montcourt died overnight but "the causes of his death are not yet known."

French media reported the 119th-ranked Montcourt was found dead by his girlfriend in the stairwell of his Paris apartment. In May, Montcourt was handed a five-week ban and fined $12,000 for betting on other matches. That ban took effect Monday.

"It is with great sadness that the French tennis federation has learned of the sudden death of Mathieu Montcourt," the French tennis federation said. "Mathieu was an enthusiastic young man, passionate, very endearing, and extremely appreciated for his kindness and politeness."

The federation said an autopsy will be conducted.

Montcourt complained during the French Open that the punishment was too harsh, saying that he never bet more than $3 at any time, and never on his own matches a fact confirmed by the ATP, which oversees the men's Tour.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Montcourt had wagered a total of $192 on 36 tennis events in 2005. It reduced his suspension on appeal from eight weeks to five.

The issue of betting in tennis drew increased attention from the sport's governing bodies after an online bookmaker voided all wagers on a 2007 match involving Nikolay Davydenko. About $7 million was bet 10 times the usual amount for a similar-level match and most of the money backed Davydenko's lower-ranked opponent.

Davydenko was cleared in September after a yearlong investigation.

 

Article via www.yahoo.com

     

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Posted: Jul Tue 07, 2009 11:35 am       Re:French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt dies at 24
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Very sad... RIP. Sad

He was playing a tournament just last week too... Sad
     

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Posted: Jul Tue 07, 2009 1:49 pm       Re:French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt dies at 24
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I found out about this EARLY this morning.  I'm still in shock.
     

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Posted: Jul Tue 07, 2009 2:39 pm       
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From what I am aware of he was serving an 8 week ban from the tour for betting on matches.

I don't know if he started that ban or not. He played at the French Open, lost to Radek Stephanek in 4 sets.

This is truely a sad loss for tennis.
     

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Posted: Jul Tue 07, 2009 6:11 pm       
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janickister wrote:
From what I am aware of he was serving an 8 week ban from the tour for betting on matches.

I don't know if he started that ban or not. He played at the French Open, lost to Radek Stephanek in 4 sets.

This is truely a sad loss for tennis.

The ban started this Monday... yesterday. He was playing a challenger event just last week in Croatia where I think he lost in the semis.... Sad
     

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Posted: Jul Tue 07, 2009 6:22 pm       
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janickister wrote:
From what I am aware of he was serving an 8 week ban from the tour for betting on matches.

I don't know if he started that ban or not. He played at the French Open, lost to Radek Stephanek in 4 sets.

This is truely a sad loss for tennis.
 
The ban started the day he was found dead.....Sad  I can't even remember if that was yesterday or today.  I'm just so tired right now.....
     

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Posted: Jul Tue 07, 2009 6:24 pm       Re:French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt dies at 24
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Oh well then...yesterday Sad
 
Rafa submitted a beautiful heartbreaking message.....it sounded like Montcourt was someone he knew very very well.
     

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Posted: Jul Wed 08, 2009 10:45 am       
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Report: Montcourt had cardiac arrestComment Email Print Share Reuters

PARIS -- French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt, who was found dead outside his home this week, suffered a cardiac arrest, a police source said on Wednesday after a preliminary autopsy.

Montcourt, 24, was found outside his apartment near Paris at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday after spending the evening at the home of Patrice Dominguez, technical director of the French Tennis Federation.

Further tests that can detect the presence of any drugs or medicines in the body have been carried out. The results are expected at the weekend, the source said.

Montcourt, who was 119 in the ATP world rankings, had just begun a five-week ban for gambling on other players' matches, although he was cleared of influencing the outcome of any of the matches.

He had also been fined $12,000 for the offence, a penalty he had described as "ridiculous" given what he said was a lack of clarity in the ATP rules and the small sums of money, totalling only $192, he had wagered.

Dominguez and his son Mathieu, a close friend of Montcourt's, have been interviewed by police because they were among the last people to see the player alive.

Patrice Dominguez told Reuters on Tuesday that Montcourt, who lived near his house and was a frequent visitor, had not appeared to be suffering any problems and had spent a quiet evening watching a film.
     

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