Questions Surround Death Of French Tennis Star

So what are we to make of the sudden death of Mathieu Montcourt, the 24-year-old French tennis star who was found dead in the hallway outside of his Paris apartment on Tuesday? The tennis world is still in shock over the sudden demise of the world’s 119th-ranked player, who came up through the junior ranks with world No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal, and who had just begun a suspension by the Association of Tennis Professionals for gambling on matches.

Mathieu Montcourt

Montcourt had been banned for eight weeks in August of last year for betting on matches — although none of them his own — by the ATP; a sentence that was reduced by two weeks on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in May. Montcourt was also fined $12,000 after it was found that he gambled sums totaling $192 on 36 games, in 2005. Read more…