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    Default 24 y.o. French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt found dead

    Mathieu Montcourt Dead Aged 24

    Mathieu Montcourt Dead Aged 24
    July 7, 2009 01:15 PM EST |


    FILE - In this file photo taken June 12, 2009 Mathieu Montcourt from France returns the ball to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka during their quarter final match at the ATP challenger Tennis tournament in Lugano, Switzerland. French tennis player Mathieu Montcourt has died. He was 24. The French tennis federation said on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 that Montcourt had died overnight but that "the causes of his death are not yet known." French media earlier reported that Montcourt, ranked 119, was found dead by his girlfriend in the stairwell of his Paris apartment. (AP Photo/Keystone, Karl Mathis, File)

    PARIS 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 cause of death is not yet known, and an autopsy will be conducted.

    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."

    Four-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal grew up playing against Montcourt on the junior circuit.

    "This morning I woke up with one of the worst news anyone can receive," Nadal said on his Web site. "I heard about the death of our friend Mathieu Montcourt. I am still under shock for this. I can't believe it."

    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.

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    Geez, didn't know this guy, but damn, 24 yrs old. Far too young.

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    Sadness

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    strange.
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    I didn't know him, but why would he make $3 bets when he knew it was illegal in his sport? Seems kinda strange.

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    Found dead..as in beaten to death by the bookies he was supposed to deliver for?

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    This is awful!
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    Any updates on this?

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