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
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
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.