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The Mathieu Montcourt rememberance thread. R.I.P.

Puschkin
07-07-2009, 10:12 AM
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090707_110452_mathieu-montcourt-est-decede.html

Le tennisman français Mathieu Montcourt est décédé la nuit dernière. Il était âgé de 24 ans. L'information a été confirmée par Patrice Dominguez, le Directeur technique national. Les causes de son décès ne sont pas encore connues. La Fédération française a annoncé qu'elle publiera un communiqué dans la journée.

I don't know what to say. What is a lost match compared to this? :sad:

Géraldine
07-07-2009, 10:15 AM
R.I.P Mathieu...

adee-gee
07-07-2009, 10:18 AM
What? Translation? :confused:

Géraldine
07-07-2009, 10:22 AM
What? Translation? :confused:


Mathieu Montcourt est mort

Agé de 24 ans, Mathieu Montcourt, 119e joueur mondial, est mort la nuit dernière d’une embolie pulmonaire.
Le tennis français est en deuil. Mathieu Montcourt, qui avait été éliminé cette année en 32e de finale à Roland-Garros, est décédé la nuit dernière d’une embolie pulmonaire. Droitier, entraîné par Jérôme Prigent à Roland-Garros, Mathieu Montcourt avait débuté sa carrière professionnelle en 2002.

Mathieu Montcourt aged 24 is dead last night "embolie pulmonaire", lung problem.

Björki
07-07-2009, 10:24 AM
:eek: :sad: I just translated via google. I am shocked.

R.I.P

adee-gee
07-07-2009, 10:27 AM
Oh my god......

I'm speechless. So sudden :sad: :sad: :sad: I'm in shock.

R.I.P Mathieu :tears:

Truc
07-07-2009, 10:28 AM
What? Translation? :confused:Pulmonary embolism.
Unbelievable. I'm so shocked.

Månu
07-07-2009, 10:30 AM
OMG that's awful RIP

tufani
07-07-2009, 10:34 AM
Oh my God... Rest in peace Mathieu :sad:

Damita
07-07-2009, 10:38 AM
I just found out by reading a friend's status on facebook. Looked for confirmation but couldn't find anything other than wikipedia, so I wasn't 100% sure. What a shock! :awww:
Saw him just a month ago in RG, he was smiling, taking time to take pics with children etc. It sounds unreal. :awww:

Saumon
07-07-2009, 10:42 AM
I just found out by reading a friend's status on facebook. Looked for confirmation but couldn't find anything other than wikipedia, so I wasn't 100% sure. What a shock! :awww:
Saw him just a month ago in RG, he was smiling, taking time to take pics with children etc. It sounds unreal. :awww:
Same here. He was so cute with the kids that day. He was so young. :sad:

Keijan
07-07-2009, 10:45 AM
Fuck !!! I just read about this too. He was so young and full of life and smiling all the time ! And his crazy hair... I can't believe this ! All my thoughts and support to his friends and family :-(((

soulage
07-07-2009, 11:06 AM
I just heard the news on radio :sad: So schocking :sad: I catch directly infosport on web and they say that "sa petite amie a retrouvé son corps sans vie dans la cage d'escalier de son domicile la nuit dernière. les causes ne sont pas encore connues". He's so young that's unfair.

Peta Pan
07-07-2009, 11:27 AM
a big :hug: to all his fans. Can't imagine how you are feeling.

This is just horrible news for the whole tennis world :sad:

Ome
07-07-2009, 11:30 AM
... I'm loss for words....
Just shocking. :sad:

He was so much fun to be around... I can't bring myself to believe this. It's way too sudden. Way too soon.

My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Mathieu. :hug:

:bigcry:

scoobs
07-07-2009, 11:32 AM
My condolences to his friends, family and fans.

RIP :sad:

Carlita
07-07-2009, 11:38 AM
omg... this is such sad news :sad:

Condolences to his family, friends and fans & lots of strength :hug:

R.I.P. Mathieu

Damian
07-07-2009, 11:58 AM
I am shocked ;( young and talented guy:( R.I.P Mathieu

ellen_
07-07-2009, 11:59 AM
:sobbing: This is too sad. So unfair, so young. Saw him at RG this year, can't believe he's gone now.

Truc
07-07-2009, 12:21 PM
Oh here you are, Ome, I thought of you when I heard the news since you had met him in person.
It feels already so unreal for us. :sad:

Truc
07-07-2009, 12:22 PM
I know it will sound like a very derisory thing to say, but maybe we could split the thread and put the "rememberance" messages in a new thread? This used to be his cheering thread, I see Adam renamed it since the news of his death was posted here too, but it feels weird to read our messages about his last tournaments just before.

Edit: thank you, Carlita!

krn81
07-07-2009, 12:23 PM
Horrible news.
24 years is too young... :sad:

Action Jackson
07-07-2009, 12:26 PM
The awesome hair is gone and it's sad that a person in the prime of their lives can depart the earth so suddenly.

Playing a tournament not so long ago and now dead, when your time is up it's up, just proves that have to embrace every living moment we have, because it can end so quickly.

To all the fans, remember the positive moments.

Keijan
07-07-2009, 12:31 PM
atp.com unleashed a statement, but of course, Federer still makes the first page.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2009/07/Montcourt-Passes-Away.aspx


I agree with Fran, it just seems very weird and very sad that those messages are posted just after people saying how happy they were to do well at a tournament. :sad:

Saumon
07-07-2009, 12:38 PM
07/07 - 11h44
Mathieu Montcourt s'en est allé

C'est avec une grande tristesse que la Fédération française de tennis a appris le décès brutal de Mathieu Montcourt, dans la nuit du 6 au 7 juillet. Mathieu n'avait que 24 ans…

Né à Paris le 24 mars 1985, Mathieu Montcourt avait débuté le tennis à six ans. Il a atteint la 104e place mondiale le 22 juin dernier. Il était 19e joueur français au classement national 2009.

Mathieu avait suivi la filière fédérale. Ses entraîneurs successifs furent Louis Borfiga, Olivier Soulès, Olivier Delaître, Guillaume Marx puis Jérôme Prigent, son coach jusqu'à ce jour.

Amoureux du tournoi de Roland-Garros depuis son enfance, "Math", comme on le surnommait, avait atteint le deuxième tour des Internationaux de France en 2006, 2007 et 2009. Il avait également remporté trois titres Challenger (Durban en 2007, Tampere et Reggio Emilia en 2008). Il avait aussi été vice-champion de France 15-16 ans, en 2001.

Mathieu était un jeune homme enthousiaste, passionné, très attachant, extrêmement apprécié pour sa gentillesse et sa politesse.

Les causes de son décès ne sont pas encore connues.

La FFT adresse ses plus sincères condoléances à la famille de Mathieu et à ses proches.

Un communiqué officiel de la FFT sera publié dans la journée.

http://www.fft.fr/filinfos/default.asp?ID=5123

but-it's-ok
07-07-2009, 12:41 PM
To all of his fans here,my thoughts are with you all,I am deeply shocked and saddened,and my heartfelt condolences also go to his family,friends and all of the tennis community.:sad::tears::sobbing:

As you somehow try to come to terms with this dreadful tragedy,try to think of the good moments he gave you all:hug::hug:

~EMiLiTA~
07-07-2009, 01:16 PM
I am in shock. Cannot believe this. Looking through the old posts here, and the one we used to write in before he even had a forum - it seems surreal now that he's gone. So young, so unexpected. RIP Mathieu and condolences to his family and friends :sad: :sad: :sad:

Toppu
07-07-2009, 01:20 PM
OME..

I know how you feel. I think I feel the same.
I was in shock as well.

A passenger asked me to check his personal screen.
It was error while he was reading Mathieu's news.

ONce I saw it, I just couldn't do anything.
When the plane arrived BKK, I felt really bad
another crew member on board came to me asking
what happened? I said someone I just met months
ago has just passed away..

RIP young man.. You'll be missed !!

FrenchY52
07-07-2009, 01:44 PM
I can't believe it either...... very sad
My thoughts to his family and fans..

fashion
07-07-2009, 01:46 PM
so sad:sad:
R.I.P

acionescu
07-07-2009, 01:47 PM
My condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

:tears:

timafi
07-07-2009, 01:52 PM
my condoleances to his family;friends and his fans:awww: :sad:

VolandriFan
07-07-2009, 02:01 PM
I just don't understand this. It's probably said too often, but life really isn't fair.

Everyone seems to be dying, I honestly can't believe Mathieu is gone too. It's unfathomable that someone so young and full of life can have it all snatched away so suddenly - in an instant. I feel downright terrible for his family, friends and fans. Once this sinks in, I'm sure I'll be even more upset.

kukka
07-07-2009, 02:16 PM
This is very sad news. Mathieu was a promising player. My condolences to his family and friends. :sad:

Elina

Sbandierator ITA
07-07-2009, 02:38 PM
Adieu Montcourt : un ami gentil, cordial, avec une bonne education et du tennis tres elegant.

Toujours dans notre coeur !

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7716/78223071.jpg

jitterbug
07-07-2009, 02:43 PM
Very sorry and shocked to hear the news :sad: rest in peace, Mathieu.

TheEnd
07-07-2009, 02:45 PM
I don't know how to describe my feelings, which I really can not accept this fact :sad::sad:
i feel so sad
Mathieu,RIP:sad:

Sbandierator ITA
07-07-2009, 02:47 PM
I knew Mathieu as a very educated tennis player on challenger circuit.
When he met me he likes very much to speak a little bit.
Elegant tennis, very educated on court and outside the court, a glory for the french people.
I saw him recently on Milan Challenger. It's incredible this news.
I am very sad. To remember him, I've dedicated my home page to him.

www.acquistagabri.it to remember him

PinkFeatherBoa
07-07-2009, 03:05 PM
Only just heard...

Still can't believe it, he was such a lovely guy, too. This is too sad.

RIP Crazy Mathieu.

:hug: for all the fans here.

nab_94
07-07-2009, 03:12 PM
:eek:SHOCKING :eek:
R.I.P Mathieu, condonléances à ta famille, tes amis...

Cin
07-07-2009, 03:13 PM
RIP Mathieu, :(

TipsterX
07-07-2009, 03:16 PM
Its just so unfair...
RIP Mathieu...:bigcry:

Jozie
07-07-2009, 03:17 PM
I am just so deeply saddened by this devastating news.
I first recall Mathieu winning the SAA Open, in Durban, South Africa in January 2007, and remember thinking what a talented and entertaining player he was.
To his many fans, friends and family, my sincere condolences.
RIP Mathieu. :sad:

Joanne

Saumon
07-07-2009, 03:20 PM
Le communiqué officiel de la FFT

"La Fédération Française de Tennis est littéralement sous le choc après avoir appris le décès de Mathieu Montcourt, survenu dans la nuit de lundi à mardi.

Âgé de vingt-quatre ans, ce garçon très attachant, à la forte personnalité et au caractère indépendant, était unanimement apprécié par l’ensemble des joueurs français et du circuit international.

Sa soudaine disparition plonge toute la famille du tennis dans une immense tristesse.

Cet espoir, issu de la filière fédérale, entraîné par la FFT, avait connu une progression régulière ces dernières saisons qui l’avait conduit jusqu’aux portes de la 100e place mondiale le mois dernier. Mathieu Montcourt avait ainsi débuté le tennis à l’âge de six ans sur les courts de l’US Ivry. Puis, très vite détecté par la Ligue du Val-de-Marne, il avait poursuivi son apprentissage au TC Maisons-Alfort, avant d’intégrer l’INSEP, et enfin le Centre National d’Entraînement à Roland-Garros. Ce Parisien de naissance défendait depuis peu les couleurs du club bordelais de la Villa Primrose.

« Mathieu était un jeune prometteur, en pleine ascension, a déclaré Patrice Dominguez, le Directeur Technique National de la Fédération Française de Tennis. C’était un joueur très travailleur, sérieux et sain. C’était aussi un garçon d’une grande gentillesse, ouvert, très curieux. Nous sommes complètement bouleversés. Nos premières pensées vont à sa famille. »

Une autopsie sera pratiquée pour déterminer les causes exactes de son décès.

La Fédération Française de Tennis adresse ses plus sincères condoléances à sa famille ainsi qu’à ses proches."
http://www.fft.fr/filinfos/default.asp?ID=5123

rawalya
07-07-2009, 03:22 PM
very sad news :sad:

my condolences to his family , friends and all fans here



May you rest in peace , Mathieu :angel:


http://www.pantip.com/cafe/supachalasai/topic/S8055215/S8055215-2.jpg

Sbandierator ITA
07-07-2009, 03:35 PM
Another photo from Monza to remember Mathieu

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/5310/21bb.jpg

Kezzi
07-07-2009, 03:40 PM
I just heard the news and I'm shocked :sad:
Saw him play in Rotterdam this year, I never was a huge fan, but liked him. It's unreal.

Condolences to his family, friends and fans, my thoughts go out to you! :hug:

Rest in peace Mathieu :hug:

Jo_Jo_Nyeb
07-07-2009, 03:46 PM
R.i.p. (((

Hangdog
07-07-2009, 03:48 PM
Unbelievable, just can't realise this. Condolences to Mathieu's family, friends and fellow fans. Such a terrible loss.

Mathieu was such an outstanding and unique personality - regarding everything, from his gorgeous hair, his friendly smile, his warmness and attention to his supporters, his charm no one could resist to his smart game full of passion and funny and a bit crazy on-court antics. R.I.P. Mathieu.

Ome
07-07-2009, 03:58 PM
Oh here you are, Ome, I thought of you when I heard the news since you had met him in person.
It feels already so unreal for us. :sad:

Fran :hug:

I just read the news today. I was totally in shock and still am. Totally numb. It feels so unreal to me, too. I already planned the next trip for him and ERV if they ever come to Bangkok again :sad:

It feels like not so long ago we were out having fun together :sad: I can't believe he's gone... We'll miss you, Mathieu.

:hug:s for all his fans :hug:

hcfoo
07-07-2009, 04:41 PM
My thoughts and condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

R.I.P Montcourt...

parissima
07-07-2009, 04:53 PM
I saw it online a couple of hours ago, while doing some research for my work. I can't stop thinking of it, since then.

I remember posting here a few years ago, cheering for him and all. I remember seeing him at the French Open... It's breaking my heart.

RIP Mathieu...
My thoughts go to his girlfriend (poor girl - finding him dead...), family and friends.

*Ljubica*
07-07-2009, 04:57 PM
When I came home from work a short while ago and saw the news, I just went into a kind of shock. No I was not a fan, but the poor guy was so young - such a tragic waste. My heart goes out to his family at this sad time - to bury a child must be the worst pain imagineable - I hope they can find the strength to cope. So I just came here to give my respects to Mathieu, and all my deepest condolences to his family, his friends, his girlfriend, and to all his fans here. RIP Mathieu :sad:

LOVELY
07-07-2009, 05:03 PM
R.I.P Mathieu

wop875
07-07-2009, 05:28 PM
R.I.P
When I saw the news, I was totally shocked.

RFK
07-07-2009, 05:46 PM
I was shocked too when I hard. It's such a sad, awful thing to happen.
My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Ivanatis
07-07-2009, 06:04 PM
Shocking. I feel sorry for his fans.

Truc
07-07-2009, 06:06 PM
Video (with old video footage of Mathieu young and shocked reactions of Lionel Roux and Stéphane Robert...):
http://player.canalplus.fr/#/257167
But they don't have more information, it must have been made just after they got the news.
They're stunned because Mathieu was so fit.

martine2
07-07-2009, 06:29 PM
This is so sad :sad: A young life gone forever...
My thoughts are with his family, his girlfriend and his friends.
R.I.P.

Cloudygirl
07-07-2009, 06:54 PM
How sad. I hope his family and his girlfriend get through what must be a terrible time.

Sommarsverige
07-07-2009, 07:28 PM
When I was checking facebook just very quickly from work some hours ago I saw the status updates from quite a few people and couldn´t believe it :sad: :sad:
And then I had to think of you, Fran, directly, because somehow I always put him in connection with you, because you liked him so much...
I am still in shocked and can´t believe it :( I also still saw him at the French Open and even if I never was a big fan, he always seemed like a very nice guy to me!

My biggest condolences go out to his family, friends and to all the nice people here :hug: :hug:

Truc
07-07-2009, 07:47 PM
He was about to launch his website, it's still empty, but the webmaster just put online the self-portrait Mathieu was proofreading:
http://mathieumontcourt.net/
It's a nice text, he was interested in so many things outside of tennis. He mentions his fans, too.

Puschkin
07-07-2009, 07:54 PM
This is what Rafa has to say on his site. He may not have written it himself, but I doubt that some anonymous webby did it without hisknowledge. :worship: Rafa.

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

I knew Mathieu since we were kids. We competed together at all the events at an international level there is since you are a kid: Les Petit As, Copa Borotta, etc. and of course afterwards once becoming professionals,.

When someone like this disappears, when something like this happens, you really know where we are and the relativeness of winning or losing a tennis match, of not competing at an event or anything else. This is the loss of a guy who was only 24 and that was sports person. He won't be playing with us again.

I would like to send my most deep and sincere condolences to his family, to his friends and to the French fans.

Mathieu, Rest in peace.

Cloudygirl
07-07-2009, 08:26 PM
Rafa prob did write that himself (well in Spanish). Nice of him.

Björki
07-07-2009, 08:30 PM
He was about to launch his website, it's still empty, but the webmaster just put online the self-portrait Mathieu was proofreading:
http://mathieumontcourt.net/
It's a nice text, he was interested in so many things outside of tennis. He mentions his fans, too.

thanks for posting.

:awww:

Cloudygirl
07-07-2009, 08:31 PM
He was about to launch his website, it's still empty, but the webmaster just put online the self-portrait Mathieu was proofreading:
http://mathieumontcourt.net/
It's a nice text, he was interested in so many things outside of tennis. He mentions his fans, too.

Just read it. He sounds like he was a very nice guy. RIP

Pixie
07-07-2009, 08:45 PM
He was about to launch his website, it's still empty, but the webmaster just put online the self-portrait Mathieu was proofreading:
http://mathieumontcourt.net/
It's a nice text, he was interested in so many things outside of tennis. He mentions his fans, too.

He talks about the french team championship in Blois when his team made the podium two times in a row. That's the first time I heard of him and I remember he made Gasquet work hard in a long 3 setters (actually in 1998 or 1999 if my memory serves me well, there seems to be a mistake about the dates there). There was a picture of him being very thin with his big glasses which had cought my eyes as I looked the same at the same age and it made me laugh. Since then I had been following him closely, though not as a fan, and it's always a weird feeling when you see them go - specially when they're younger than you...

mechi
07-07-2009, 08:48 PM
OMG!!! i can´t belive yet. RIP Mathieu : (

Björki
07-07-2009, 08:52 PM
Frenchmen reacted to the news of Montcourt's sudden death. "My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time," said Sebastien Grosjean. "He was a really nice guy and hard worker. It's really sad. I practiced with him many times during the past couple of years." Meanwhile, Fabrice Santoro was at a loss for words: "He was a very good guy and I don't know what to say. It's really sad."

Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky also remembered Montcourt: "He was a really nice guy and we played together through juniors. It's a shame to lose a great guy so young."

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2009/07/Montcourt-Passes-Away.aspx

MsTree
07-07-2009, 09:10 PM
Just saw it on the BBC website, what terrible news! How do you come to terms with something like this?
:hug: to everyone

Scotso
07-07-2009, 09:15 PM
How horrible! :sad:

peacechick
07-07-2009, 09:42 PM
Rest in peace Mathieu. :sad:
condolances to everyone around him...

Keijan
07-07-2009, 10:51 PM
Thanks a lot for the link, Fran. I had no idea he was such a sensitive and cultured young man. He was interested in art, architecture, painting, museums, fine food, photo and video, all kind of sports... and how he dearly loved tennis and his friends.
I am regretting to have never taken the time to learn more about him. A massive :hug: to everyone.

Via
07-08-2009, 03:42 AM
this is such shocking news... a fit young man doesn't often drop dead all of a sudden. i'm very sorry for those who knew and loved him. thanks to Truc who introduced him to me. he had so much life in him. RIP.

Truc
07-08-2009, 07:30 AM
The article in L'Equipe today (the full title is "Chagrin et stupeur" and the subheadline "... en état de choc"):
http://img2.pict.com/71/1c/8c/1087731/0/300/chagrinetstupeur.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/71/1c/8c/1087731/0/chagrinetstupeur.jpg)

He spent the evening at the place of Dominguez (the FFT manager) like he often did because he was a good friend of his son. He left short before midnight, went back home by bike. His girlfriend was at home with ERV's gf, they heard strange noises, they were scared, they couldn't reach him on his cell phone. When it was quiet again around 1:30, they dared to open the door, with ERV on the phone, and found Mathieu's body next to his bike. When the emergency service arrived, it was too late.

And then there are reactions of several players and coaches. They're all so shocked.
The manager of Bordeaux Primrose calls him "the sunshine of the club".
Richard says he knew Mathieu since they were 9 years old. His death puts things into perspective.
His former coach Prigent says that he used to call him "le roi des casse-couilles" (something like "the major-league ball-buster"), but he liked Mathieu so much. His courage and his lifestyle were exemplary (everybody says he had such a healthy lifestyle, Dominguez keeps stressing that in interviews and he knew him very well).
Laurent Recouderc, who was a great friend of Mathieu, can't even speak and makes his statement per SMS. He had so many memories with him. A guy who never gave up.
JWT says he has tears in his eyes as soon as he thinks of Mathieu. They shared a room for two years during their time at the INSEP, they did so many things together, he was so full of energy.
The FFT psychologist says he was a real character, a bit eccentric, courageous, different. His parents called him "Matou", which means "cat" in French. Like a cat he could be very tender/loving, but also able to show in his claws on the court. He often said lately that fortune maybe was starting to smile on him.

Chris-swede
07-08-2009, 07:59 AM
not know much about him, only his name and a little bit.
RIP Mathieu, this is sad for all of us. Let us remember how important every minute of our lifes is. Every minute!!! With your families, on court and with your friends!

Goodbye to Mathieu!!!

Truc
07-08-2009, 08:20 AM
I like the text he "wrote" for his future website so much too. How he talks about his game, very lucid ("my strong point is that I have no weak point and my weak point that I have no strong point"). All those things he liked. The museum freak he was. Etc.

I also found typical he mentions the French Interclubs last year in his best tennis memories. We followed the event here, he was so incredibly into it and carried his team through to the final in both singles and doubles. I remember Adam was stunned to see him care so much about this meaningless team event, it was really impressive and it was so Mathieu!
I always have that pic of him in mind, celebrating with Romain Jouan as if they had won a Slam:
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/7674/croissy2ha7.jpg

Ome
07-08-2009, 09:35 AM
The article in L'Equipe today (the full title is "Chagrin et stupeur" and the subheadline "... en état de choc"):
http://img2.pict.com/71/1c/8c/1087731/0/300/chagrinetstupeur.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/71/1c/8c/1087731/0/chagrinetstupeur.jpg)

He spent the evening at the place of Dominguez (the FFT manager) like he often did because he was a good friend of his son. He left short before midnight, went back home by bike. His girlfriend was at home with ERV's gf, they heard strange noises, they were scared, couldn't join him on his cell phone. When it was quiet again around 1:30, they dared to open the door, with ERV on the phone, and found Mathieu's body next to his bike. When the emergency service arrived, it was too late.


Heartbreaking. I can't imagine what his family, his girlfriend and his friends are going through right now.

I wish everyone could have seen him in the temples. I can still remember the look on his face... how excited he was... how happy he was. He was like a kid, his eyes filled with wonder. It's so hard to come to terms with this :sad: There are so much more of the world he could have seen.

And thanks again for posting the link to his website, Fran. I just printed it out and will keep it in my diary. Tears filled me eyes when I read it.

Truc
07-08-2009, 12:55 PM
dppi has a little retrospective in photos, but most of them had already been posted here:
http://img2.pict.com/9b/43/00/1092288/0/60028729.jpg (the Interclubs again)
http://img2.pict.com/ba/fe/e5/1092294/0/60028229.jpg (he and Florent were sharing their coach during the whole 2008 season)
http://img2.pict.com/17/75/d3/1092295/0/60028329.jpg (the FFT training camp 2008 again, I love those pics)
http://img2.pict.com/e3/64/b9/1092297/0/60028429.jpg (RG 2009)
http://img2.pict.com/65/aa/6c/1092299/0/60028529.jpg
(To post just a few.)

Edit: Another URL in better quality:
http://www.sport24.com/tennis/diaporamas/mathieu-montcourt-en-images

Truc
07-08-2009, 01:14 PM
Alizé had a few words about Mathieu on her website:
http://www.alizecornet.fr/fr/2009/07/je-narrive-pas-a-realiser/

Another short video on lequipe.fr, but nothing new:
http://video.lequipe.fr/video/iLyROoafMFJd.html

krn81
07-08-2009, 03:00 PM
The first result of the autopsy shows that he died from natural cause.
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090708_154459_une-mort-naturelle.html
They are waiting the result of the blood test.

How can you die at 24 from natural cause :confused:

Truc
07-08-2009, 03:09 PM
They will have the other results next week only.

Another video, you can see him a little bit during the exho with Jo a few weeks ago:
http://player.canalplus.fr/#/257350

Invisible
07-08-2009, 03:39 PM
I was so shocked when I read the news yesterday and I'm deeply saddened. Reading the article with the sequence of events, stating what happened makes it even more heartbreaking. He was one of the players that I followed on the Challenger tour, he had become not only one of my favorite French players, but one of my overall favorites. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans :hug:

:tears:

Keijan
07-08-2009, 05:10 PM
It seems we can forget about the pulmonary embolism theory, it was an infarct (heart attack ? I don't know how you translate that) : http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/08072009/26/mathieu-montcourt-est-mort-d-un-infarctus.html

How can you die from a heart attack at 24 years old :/


Ome, I wish you could feel better :/ Same for everyone here, I'm so very sorry.

GrosjeanFan1994
07-08-2009, 05:28 PM
:( RIP Mathieu

Ome
07-08-2009, 05:28 PM
Pulmonary embolism was highly unlikely without a history of deep vein thrombosis. I don't really understand the French article, but if it's a heart problem... a cardiomyopathy could be the cause. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can happen to young athlete.




Ome, I wish you could feel better :/ Same for everyone here, I'm so very sorry.

Thank you.

He has great fans here. And he knew it. :hug:

soulage
07-08-2009, 08:23 PM
It seems we can forget about the pulmonary embolism theory, it was an infarct (heart attack ? I don't know how you translate that) : http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/08072009/26/mathieu-montcourt-est-mort-d-un-infarctus.html

How can you die from a heart attack at 24 years old :/


Ome, I wish you could feel better :/ Same for everyone here, I'm so very sorry.
In others articles they said he would have been very tired but an heart attack at 24 it's tough to admit. In a way the fact he was a sportman make that more unreal as they should be more healthy than everyone else. All his buddies seems to very affected :sad:

Snoo Foo
07-09-2009, 03:49 AM
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc179/SnooFoo828/mtf/capt5149ac04f7f841a2a0547bcfeae73d6.jpg

Truc
07-09-2009, 12:13 PM
An album about Mathieu on the FFT website:
http://www.fft.fr/FilInfos/albums/albummontcourt/index.html

I love the one of the vicht, Lleyton was his model. I saw it was his last Facebook user pic too.

safinafan
07-09-2009, 03:45 PM
An album about Mathieu on the FFT website:
http://www.fft.fr/FilInfos/albums/albummontcourt/index.html

I love the one of the vicht, Lleyton was his model. I saw it was his last Facebook user pic too.
thanks truc :worship:

MissChaChaCha
07-09-2009, 05:06 PM
http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs134.snc1/5733_1121069358443_1578334856_275205_4354188_n.jpg

Fabio Fognini's homage during San Benedetto's Challenger

MissChaChaCha
07-09-2009, 05:08 PM
L'autopsie qui a révélé que Mathieu Montcourt était décédé d'un infarctus a été suivie d'analyses toxicologiques dont les résultats parvenus jeudi se sont avérés négatifs. Le jeune homme, décédé à 24 ans dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, sera inhumé vendredi 10 juillet à 9h00 au crématorium du Mont-Valérien à Nanterre. Une cérémonie d'hommage sera également organisée à 11h00 à Roland-Garros en présence de sa famille et de la famille du tennis.

L'Equipe

The autopsy which has revealed that Mathieu Montcourt is dead because of a heart attack has been followed by toxicologic (?) tests, which are negatives. Mathieu Montcourt will be buried tomorrow (10/07/09) at the Mont Valérien's crematorium from Nanterre. Then, a tribute will be organized in Roland-Garros (11 A.M) in front of his family and the tennis' family.

lalaland
07-09-2009, 06:36 PM
This is so hard to accept. It's gonna be tough for family and friends to deal with his tragic death, unfortunately, I know how they feel, one can only think that Mathieu is in a better place now, though that won't make anyone feels any better. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Mathieu.

Keijan
07-09-2009, 08:13 PM
Inhumé au crématorium... ça veut dire incinéré ? :/ Je ne sais pas pourquoi, je trouve ça encore pire que l'enterrement. Parce qu'il n'y a plus de corps du tout, ça fait encore plus mal je trouve, enfin, je ne sais pas... C'est comme ça que je l'avais ressenti quand une de mes amies est morte il y a quelques semaines. S'il y avait eu un enterrement, je crois que ça aurait été moins dur pour dire au revoir.


Fabio is such a nice person and that's a very moving pic. He was probably deeply hurt already by Luzzi's death already... It just should never be allowed to happen :sad:

MissChaChaCha
07-09-2009, 10:06 PM
Inhumé au crématorium... ça veut dire incinéré ?

A vrai dire, l'article de L'Equipe ne veut pas dire grand chose ... Inhumer c'est être enterré et le crématorium fait bien évidemment référence à la crémation ... Peut-être que ce crématorium fait également office de cimetière, mais ça serait étrange !

Keijan
07-09-2009, 11:06 PM
C'est bien ce que je me disais. Peut-être qu'ils ne savent pas, alors ils ont mis les deux... Apparemment c'est pas vraiment l'équipe mais le communiqué de "l'agence en charge de sa communication" http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/09072009/1/mathieu-montcourt-inhume-vendredi.html
Enfin, pas très pro tout ça :/ Peut-être que le crématorium est proche d'un cimetière effectivement.

MissChaChaCha
07-09-2009, 11:42 PM
Effectivement, pas très pro tout ça ...
La réponse demain sans doute ...

Jelena
07-10-2009, 09:01 AM
This is so unreal. I wasn't fan of him, didn't even follow him too closely, but when I read the news for the first time I thought something like: "Are you kidding me??" To go through this thread, see the pictures and also the long article made me really :bigcry:. He was faaar too young, but on the other hand you never know when your last moment will be come.

:hug: to family, friends, colleagues and fans

Truc
07-10-2009, 11:09 AM
I love that pic of Fabio.

Jo paying tribute to Mathieu:
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : « Mathieu Montcourt un mec en or, un joueur de tennis comme on les aime. Charismatique par tes colères, ton sens de l’humour et ta générosité dans l'effort. Je n'oublierai jamais les moments partagés ensemble. Nous étions frères de chambre a l'internat, partenaires de double et d'entrainement. Nous partagions les mêmes passions. Tu seras et resteras un personnage du tennis français. Je suis fier d'avoir vécu en même temps que toi mon pote. »
http://www.rmc.fr/edito/sport/83428/tsonga-mathieu-mon-pote/

Something like:
"Mathieu Montcourt, a wonderful guy, a tennis player like we like them. Charismatic in your tantrums, your sense of humour and your generosity in the effort. I will never forget the moments we shared. We were roommates, doubles partners, sparring partners. We shared the same passions. You will remain a character of French tennis. I'm proud to have lived at your side, mate."

L'Equipe Mag will have a report about Mathieu's last match tomorrow.

Keijan
07-10-2009, 11:29 AM
" I'm proud to have lived at your side, mate."

He always finds the perfect words.

If it was on rmc, maybe it's an audio interview which was heard on the radio, what do you think, Fran ? I'd like to find it but no success so far.


Mathieu's father also asked the players who were closest to Mathieu not to wear a tie at the ceremony.

edit: so it wasn't an audio but what Jo wrote on his site.

Truc
07-10-2009, 02:54 PM
It's on Jo's website, I don't know if it was his speech. I haven't seen anything about the ceremony.

Truc
07-10-2009, 03:47 PM
There are a few pics of the ceremony in Roland-Garros on dppi.

http://img2.pict.com/ba/b0/22/1121975/0/ceremony2.jpg
http://img2.pict.com/0c/8d/d4/1121976/0/ceremony1.jpg

(For the regulars of the forum, you can see Didier too who was always so helpful to give us news about Mathieu.)

Keijan
07-10-2009, 04:24 PM
You're right, it seems I can't find again where I read it was what he said at the funerals. Either I had a dream or they took it off when they discovered it was a mistake :lol:

Great pics. I like how they're dressed, it's very simple and casual, and yet very elegant. I also like the fact that they arrived together. I wonder if Gilles and Richard were present too.
I found another two on getty :


http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a349/Keijan/Keijan%203/88962370.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a349/Keijan/Keijan%203/88962366.jpg

Hangdog
07-10-2009, 07:58 PM
Inhumé au crématorium... ça veut dire incinéré ? :/
Apparemment, le crématorium était le mot clef...

According to Mathieu's blog (http://mathieumontcourt.skyrock.com/), as it was announced, first there was a ceremony at the Mont-Valérien - a slide show, music, a black urn... and a lot of sunshine. Then there was a farewell ceremony at the court 7 at RG.
Tsonga, Monfils, Escude, Simon, Chardy, Roger-Vasselin, Mathieu, Serra, Recouderc (it must have been really hard for him as it is also his birthday today) as well as Bahrami, Forget and Pioline were all there.

Hangdog
07-10-2009, 08:08 PM
I also found typical he mentions the French Interclubs last year in his best tennis memories. We followed the event here, he was so incredibly into it and carried his team through to the final in both singles and doubles. I remember Adam was stunned to see him care so much about this meaningless team event, it was really impressive and it was so Mathieu!
I always have that pic of him in mind, celebrating with Romain Jouan as if they had won a Slam:
http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/7674/croissy2ha7.jpg
The whole thing is so true! The last year's Interclubs matches are indeed a great memory. I've watched again that tremendous video of the match point and the celebration, it was just a win of the decisive rubber in the semis of the French Championship, but they all were so happy!
So I thought to put it online, it's short and of quite a poor quality, but still such a highlight: http://www.zshare.net/video/623898601923cc52/ (Credits: http://pyroue.blogspirit.com).
We can see the vicht there, too.

Keijan
07-10-2009, 08:49 PM
Les rayons de soleil Math c'était grandiose...MERCI...


Punaise, ça m'a refait pleurer.


Merci pour ce lien... Tu sais qui rédige ce blog ? Ca semble être un proche de Mathieu. J'hésite à laisser un commentaire parce que c'est tellement impersonnel et insignifiant, un pseudo sur internet :/


He's only mentionning his father and his sister... so is his mother dead ? :/
It's great to read that they all had a little something to say. And it seems the players who wanted to were allowing by the Federation to wear a sticker with Mathieu's name on it, but does it mean they're going to wear it all the time or just for their next match ?


thanks for the vid :)

Truc
07-10-2009, 09:11 PM
The girl who writes the blog is Aurélie, she's from the same tennis club as Mathieu.
So Jo did make a speech.

I loved rewatching the video, Irina, thanks, I had forgotten about the vicht! :cool:
That was the win in the super tiebreak against Kas-Wassen, it really was a great win, the celebrations are not over the top, just appropriate. :p

Hangdog
07-10-2009, 10:32 PM
The vicht was surely a perfectly appropriate celebration there :cool:

Merci pour ce lien... Tu sais qui rédige ce blog ? Ca semble être un proche de Mathieu. J'hésite à laisser un commentaire parce que c'est tellement impersonnel et insignifiant, un pseudo sur internet :/
I can add that in case you or anyone else feels like sending a more personal message, you might want to check this: http://mathieumontcourt.skyrock.com/2537105825-COMMENT-ECRIRE-A-LA-FAMILLE-DE-MATH.html
He's only mentionning his father and his sister... so is his mother dead ? :/
It's great to read that they all had a little something to say. And it seems the players who wanted to were allowing by the Federation to wear a sticker with Mathieu's name on it, but does it mean they're going to wear it all the time or just for their next match ?
It also stroke my eyes at first, but you see in the end of the article his Mother is mentioned as well, so I'd assume she just wasn't between those who made a speech.
I also didn't get what exactly the sticker part was about, but we'll probably find out about it later. Anyway it's a nice idea!

cobalt60
07-10-2009, 11:04 PM
Thanks for the links; especially his website. Such a sad loss at 24. RIP and best to his loved ones.

Truc
07-11-2009, 08:23 AM
There is a *ballkid* saying that Mathieu was one of the nicest players in the comments to the blog entry you posted, Irina!

In L'Equipe today:
http://img2.pict.com/dd/02/0b/1130877/0/l27adieuc3a0montcourt.jpg
Richard couldn't attend the ceremony, but had sent flowers and a message filled with emotion.

but-it's-ok
07-11-2009, 09:20 AM
Thank you all for the info you're providing at this emotional time,doing it in such a beautiful way:hug: You guys have made me smile through the tears;) - you guys display Mathieu's best qualities to remember him - kindness,humility,passion for life,sense of humour,and being the best you can be every day - very fitting and appropriate:worship::hug:

Mathieu,thank you for the memories,which will never fade from our hearts and minds.

Thanks again everyone;)

Keijan
07-11-2009, 10:04 AM
Quick video report about the funerals : http://video.lequipe.fr/video/iLyROoafMu8r.html

You can see Arnaud Di Pasquale, Nico Escudé, Gael and Jo, and Jérémy Chardy too. JP Loth is interviewed, he says amongst other things that he's so sorry for his friends and tennis buddies, because seeing a friend your age dying this way has to deeply get to you.


(About Richard, I don't know what was more important to him than attending the funerals, but I wish he would have been there. I'm afraid this comes backfiring at him once more, since he was the only young top player not to be there :/)

Hangdog
07-11-2009, 08:36 PM
There is a *ballkid* saying that Mathieu was one of the nicest players in the comments to the blog entry you posted, Irina!
Oh this is a very sweet comment, thank you for pointing out, Françoise! I believe there have been even quite a few nice comments from ballkids lately, and I find especially touching the story mentioned by the mother of a little boy, that Mathieu gave her son the trophy he won at Ploudaniel, one of those Dupuis&Co tournaments.

Thanks for posting L'Equipe news and the video. I've stumbled across this (http://sport.scotsman.com/tennis/Mystery-over--Montcourt-.5450476.jp) article, there is nothing new, but in case someone is into medicine and might be interested, it mentions that the heart attack was caused by coronary thrombosis prompted for some unknown reason.

MissChaChaCha
07-14-2009, 02:45 PM
Fabio Fognini, winner of San Benedetto's Challenger this week-end has dedicated his victory to Mathieu ... How thoughtful ! :)

Truc
07-25-2009, 09:57 AM
Géraldine, from his Facebook group, sent me the scan of the article in L'Equipe Mag about his last match. :yeah:
http://img2.pict.com/b9/df/14/1314890/0/300/sonderniermatch.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/b9/df/14/1314890/0/800/sonderniermatch.jpg)
http://img2.pict.com/b9/df/14/1314890/0/sonderniermatch.jpg

It was on Saturday in Rijeka, Mathieu Montcourt (#119) had just hit his last shot after his loss 3-6 3-6 in the semi-final to the Slovenian player Blaz Kavcic (#140). Stéphane Robert, the only other French player at this event, remembers: "The setting was wonderful, it was a very nice place. (...) When I think back of his quarter of final against the Italian (Vagnozzi), it was so typical! An incredible energy, he was giving everything on each shot, it was... so Mathieu Montcourt! He destroyed his racket out of anger after having lost the first set 6-4, and then he turned mad, it was just crazy, he was bringing everything back and managed to turn the match around, like he often did (4-6 7-6 6-3). It seems so unreal he collapsed and died 3 days later!"
Blaz Kavcic also remembers him: "I didn't know Mathieu very well, but it was our second match and both times he really fired up the crowd with his style. When we shook hands at the end, he told me that I was a very good player and that I deserved the win. Nobody had ever complimented me that way during a handshake... He was a good guy. I'm in shock and I'd like to offer my condolences to his family."

Hangdog
07-29-2009, 05:11 PM
MERCI BEAUCOUP to you and Géraldine for the article and photo! :yeah:

One of these days I was checking the latest draws of small French tournaments and I noticed that the weekend before Rijeka Mathieu took part in Gravenchon tournament where he lost in final to Jérôme Haehnel. The draw: http://www.fft.fr/FFT/pdf_n/cngt_pdf2009/gravenchon_M09.pdf. I've heard before about this tournament, they have a nice website with many great photos from each year (http://www.opentennisgravenchon.com), but they haven't posted 2009 updates yet, except for the sign up part (so might be a good idea to keep an eye on it).

Anyway there is also an article that tells us about the final match: http://www.paris-normandie.fr/index.php/cms/13/article/182739/Haehnel_triple_couronne. According to it the match was tough from the beginning, each player was holding his serve until 5-5. In his post-match interview Haehnel mentions that it was the key moment for him when he began finding his best game, and it's been a while since he played this great. So Mathieu was down 0-40 on his own serve, saved two BPs, but still was broken and lost the set. Haehnel kept hitting great returns and broke Mathieu right away in the beginning of the second set and took an early 2-0 lead. Mathieu looked quite disillusioned, lost his confidence and didn't seem to know how to turn things around. So at 2-4 he was broken again and Haehnel was serving for the match. Mathieu was fighting till the end, he was up 30-15, but Haehnel managed to come back and close it on the first MP thanks to a great drop shot.

Ten days later the tournament director was reminding that Mathieu was happy and in a great shape. Always approachable and nice, despite his high ranking he enjoyed the tournament and took part in clinic with kids. (http://www.paris-normandie.fr/index.php/cms/13/article/188063/Montcourt_a_joue_a_Gravenchon)

adee-gee
07-29-2009, 06:12 PM
Thanks for all the great articles :yeah:

It still doesn't quite seem real :awww: :sad:

Puschkin
07-31-2009, 07:11 AM
It still doesn't quite seem real :awww: :sad:
Same here, whenever I go through the threads and see his name, there is a moment of very sad feeling.

Truc
08-06-2009, 11:09 PM
It's been one month.

I hadn't seen Bohli dedicated his win in Recanati to Mathieu:
http://tennispassion.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/stephane-bohli-trionfa-nel-giorno-del-suo-compleanno-e-dedica-la-vittoria-allamico-scomparso-montcourt-video-premiazione/#more-62

Truc
08-09-2009, 02:14 PM
Adrian (Mannarino) just dedicated his week in Segovia to Mathieu, it was very moving, I wasn't expecting it at all - he lost in the final to Lalo, but at the end of his little speech, he added he wanted to dedicate it to Mathieu who was a very good friend of him, he fights for him on the court now and he misses him a lot.

I put it on Youtube, but the quality is very bad because I filmed it with a photo camera:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp8nTA8eys4
The part about Mathieu starts around 1'20.

Kezzi
08-09-2009, 10:01 PM
That is so nice of them :)

Truc
08-10-2009, 04:02 PM
There is a big tribute to Mathieu in the new Tennis Magazine, 5 pages, with a few words of many French players.
http://img2.pict.com/9b/7a/26/1440426/0/800/fight4mat.jpg

I'll try to make screenshots of the article later.
This "Fight 4 Mat" you can see on the pic is the sticker some French players were supposed to wear during the summer 2009, but I haven't seen it on anybody.

Doomach777
08-10-2009, 04:06 PM
:(

Hangdog
08-10-2009, 05:57 PM
Adrian (Mannarino) just dedicated his week in Segovia to Mathieu, it was very moving, I wasn't expecting it at all - he lost in the final to Lalo, but at the end of his little speech, he added he wanted to dedicate it to Mathieu who was a very good friend of him, he fights for him on the court now and he misses him a lot.

I put it on Youtube, but the quality is very bad because I filmed it with a photo camera:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp8nTA8eys4
The part about Mathieu starts around 1'20.
Thanks for the updates and the video, very nice and touching speech (even though it's a bit hard to catch the words)!
This "Fight 4 Mat" you can see on the pic is the sticker some French players were supposed to wear during the summer 2009, but I haven't seen it on anybody.
I was also wondering about the sticker thing, but now as you posted the picture I've realised that ERV and Mahut had it last week in Segovia:

Truc
08-10-2009, 06:50 PM
Great find, thank you! :worship:

I was trying to make screenshots of the TM article, but they have a new security feature which makes it really hard to make screenshots, :angel: so here's just the first page for the time being:
http://img2.pict.com/87/3a/f4/1441312/0/300/l27c3a9motiondessiens.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/87/3a/f4/1441312/0/l27c3a9motiondessiens.jpg)
There are more reactions, Recoud's and Doud's words are very touching. Nico Mahut too.

Truc
08-10-2009, 06:55 PM
FLORENT SERRA:
Mathieu had a very sensitive side which made him so endearing. I shared my coach with him during one year and a half and those few months were awesome. He's become a really close friend and was greatly important to me. He was a good listener, you could rely on him, and he was very generous. Every day he was regaling us with some of his excellent puns, always funny and in a good mood. When we shared a room during the tournaments, he knew how to turn little things of life into unforgettable moments. Mathieu knew what he wanted, he was a fighter, always determined, and you felt like helping him because he was so respectful to everything he got.
I will never forget you, Mathieu, you will always be with me, with us, and my victories will be yours.

GAËL MONFILS:
I knew Mathieu since the tournament of Bressuire [= when they were 11-12 years old, I think]... When I heard the news, I didn't want to believe it. I was sure there was a mistake, he was "only" at hospital. It felt like a stabbing.
I've got plenty of memories with him. We used to wear the same big "pirate glasses" in Blois, we also were together at the INSEP. But my fondest memory with him will remain the Australian Juniors tournaments in 2003. We really had fun together. That's when I gave him his nickname "the faller" (the literal translation of the French expression "le tombeur" = the ladykiller). My thoughts go today to all his close friends and relatives, we will miss him greatly...

RICHARD GASQUET:
I was told about it from a text message sent by Guillaume Peyre. I didn't realize immediately, I was in shock. I knew Mathieu since we were kids, I played against him in Blois, I remember it was a very tough 3-setter! We also were together at a training camp with Guy Forget when we were 12 years old, we were practicing together and he broke his arm chasing down a cross forehand.
He was motivated, conscientious, I have no doubt he would have cracked the top 50 one day. A really friendly guy, very nice, with a great sense of humour, which didn't prevent him from being a big fighter on the court. It's a terrible news, everybody is shattered, my thoughts go to his parents and his grand-father...

pingpong22
08-10-2009, 09:01 PM
Great find, thank you! :worship:

I was trying to make screenshots of the TM article, but they have a new security feature which makes it really hard to make screenshots, :angel: so here's just the first page for the time being:
http://img2.pict.com/87/3a/f4/1441312/0/300/l27c3a9motiondessiens.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/87/3a/f4/1441312/0/l27c3a9motiondessiens.jpg)
There are more reactions, Recoud's and Doud's words are very touching. Nico Mahut too.

Great thing,thanks Francoise:) Could You write what Lolo said?

Hangdog
08-10-2009, 09:39 PM
I was trying to make screenshots of the TM article, but they have a new security feature which makes it really hard to make screenshots, :angel: so here's just the first page for the time being
If you manage to make the other screenshots I'll be pleased to help you with translations, I'm supposed to have a plenty of spare time these few days.

The article and photos are just great :worship:

P.S. As usually, I can't rep you, but de rien, I just wanted to make sure that you received it.

Hangdog
08-11-2009, 02:49 PM
Françoise and I have almost completed the translation, so here are the last screenshots

http://img2.pict.com/47/8c/fa/1445977/0/300/077.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/47/8c/fa/1445977/0/077.jpg) http://img2.pict.com/65/f4/80/1445978/0/300/078.jpg (http://img2.pict.com/65/f4/80/1445978/0/078.jpg)

and the rest of the players' tributes.

JULIEN BENNETEAU:
It is such a tragedy to learn about this sad news. The tribute that was given to Mathieu at Roland Garros showed how much the tennis family was touched by the death of a great fighter Mathieu was. My sincerest condolences go to his parents, his sister, his grandparents and all his friends as well as to Jennifer, his girlfriend. Rest in peace...

JULIEN JEANPIERRE:
Mathieu,
Even though I knew you only a little bit, I'll keep in my mind your spirit of a fighter on the court, a guy who never gave up...
But also someone who loved having fun off-court, without ever overindulging, who I spent very cool dinners with.
We miss you here, mate. It's such a pity that you left us a way too early. I'm thinking of you.
Rest in peace
djeanp

JÉRÉMY CHARDY:
I'll remember Mathieu as a great warrior on the court, who never gave up, and sometimes could pull a John McEnroe after umpire's mistake or a lucky point for the opponent. I didn't know him that well off-court, I got to know him better after the training camps with the FFT. And Mathieu was a really nice guy always ready with a joke. We'll be missing him, he was one of us.

OLIVIER PATIENCE:
I was touched a lot when I learnt this sad news. It was hard to believe it considering his good health. We weren't too close off-court, but I'll remember him as a warrior, a fighter, someone who had a strong character and never gave up.

NICOLAS DEVILDER:
I'll remember him as a strong personality player, always fighting hard, never giving up, very talented. Unfortunately he left us a way too young, when he was just on an upward path.
My thoughts go to his family and friends.

FABRICE SANTORO:
The first time we practised together was on May 27 last year. Mathieu was a happy boy. His kindness, his will, his desire to succeed left an indelible impression on me. I was overwhelmed at this sudden news, it created a huge empty space in the world of tennis. All my thoughts go to his family and his girlfriend.

OLIVIA SANCHEZ:
Mat,
I still can't believe it. I have an impression that you'll come back, that you just played a joke on us as you often did. I can't realise it... I can't imagine the rest of my life without you, without your crazy head and your hair you kept playing with, without your jokes - "Pretty impressive, huh?" - when you looked at yourself in the mirror.
I don't want to believe it, I can't believe it. You always were the best. I'll be terribly missing you, you can't imagine how much. Your laugh still echoes in my mind.
I'll take care of your girlfriend, I promise you to do my best..
You'll stay in my heart forever, I'll be keeping your face in my mind forever...
I'm sure that you are in the paradise, and they're going to take a good care of you over there. You are gone too soon...
I already miss you.
I love you Mat.
La Sanche

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU:
I was deeply saddened to learn about this horrible news. No words can explain a tragedy like this.
The word of tennis is one big family, and today we lost one of us... Mathieu was a great fighter on the court. I was between those who believed that some day he would reach a higher level... But fate decided otherwise... I will keep him in my memory as a young man bursting up with joy of living... A lot of courage to his family and his friends. Mathieu, we will never forget you.

SÉBASTIEN GROSJEAN:
I got this news when I was in Newport. I received a messaged from Marco (Gicquel) at 5 o'clock in the morning, something that is never a good sign... I couldn't believe it, I was shocked. He was a part of our tennis family.
I didn't know him well off-court, but we practised together many times, during the last RG in particular. It's a guy who was giving his all on court, even during his practices.

LAURENT RECOUDERC:
It is difficult for me right now to speak about Mat in the past tense... He was an outstanding person, the man as well as the player. I lost a very good friend today.
I'll never forget all the things we shared.
I'll keep taking him with me all over the world, in my own way...
I'll keep holding him up as an example for his tenacity, his thoroughness and his quirky humour.
From now on I'll have to live with my memories of him instead of his presence, but friendship and memories never die...
Rest in peace, mate...
Recoud!!!

ARNAUD CLEMENT:
I didn't know Mathieu very well, but he emit a deep kindness in life and a very strong determination on the court. It's a great shock for all of us.

PIERRICK YSERN:
Mat,
It is so unfair, you were fighting so hard, and now you are there where you are... So unfair you couldn't enjoy all those things you were putting together in your career and in your private life. I'll miss you. We still had so many things to share with you. Our barbecue evenings, the holiday planned for this winter... We will miss you. Rest in peace my friend, you deserve it.
"Périk"

NICOLAS MAHUT:
Each time I go somewhere quiet to write about Mathieu, it is hard to find the right words. There would be so much to say, but his death was so sudden, unfair and painful that it's hard to talk about him in the past tense! Mat was a player who was blossoming in the fight. The harder it was, the stronger he became; his determination to never give up was a model for everybody... An example to follow!
His family and all the people who loved him will now have to fight the toughest of all fights, which is to live without him...
We miss you, Mat, but you will stay with us forever...

EDOUARD ROGER-VASSELIN:
Hey Mat!
On Sunday evening you told me on the phone that you were now very good at Belot (a card game) and that we would spend nice evenings together with Marine and Jenn this summer.
I had the impression of spending more time with you than with anyone else, with all these many tournaments we played together and all the barbecue evenings at your place! We had so much fun, in Korea with Lionel, in Bangkok with Laurent, or when we were setting up the terrace with your grandparents and our girlfriends.
We had become inseparable. The four of us. The two of us. We were starting to come nicely together as a doubles team and we had set ourselves a great goal for Roland Garros. Even if I won't be able to play in doubles with you anymore, you will always be with me on the court. FIGHT 4 MAT.
I thank you for all the unforgettable moments and I promise to say hi to the sharks for you next time - you weren't much more courageous than I was the last time in the Bahamas!
I think of you a lot and be sure that I and Marine will take care of your girlfriend... As we've always done.
Doud

JENNIFER, his girlfriend, remembers that she asked him, as usual, when they were going to get engaged. "Next year", was his answer that Sunday evening. They had chosen baby names, they wanted to get a very big apartment...
"The first time I saw you I asked Marine (ERV girlfriend): "Who is this handsome guy?" "A tennis player", was her reply. Now I know that this handsome guy was not just a tennis player, but an angel. The best thing that's happened to me, and it's flown away now."
In order to win him over she fought even harder than he used to fight on the court, and that's saying something. She remembers how she finally touched his heart when she couldn't be with him on his birthday in March and sent him flowers to his hotel room in Las Vegas. It was a winner: "Game, set and Mat!"
"On April 1 then you kissed me and said: "Don't get thrilled, it's an April Fool" - very funny!"
"Once you were having fun spitting toothpaste at me when we were brushing teeth. In anger I went to the kitchen, and when I was back to the bathroom I saw that you had written "I love you" with toothpaste on the mirror. It was the first time, since then I've loved toothpaste!"
She tells that on the day of her birthday he came with a huge box, but when she opened it she saw... a teddy bear. "You said "Take it! It's for you... Press his right paw." "I love you", told me teddy bear with the voice of Minou (Mathieu's nickname). "And now press his left hand." The teddy bear said to me "Look at my backpack, I have something there for you." What a surprise, duplicate keys of your apartment."
She finishes with "I love you my dear. You decided to change ends. Ok. But I will hold you back on the bench. And for once, during the change over you won't have to dry yourself next to an umpire you don't like, because the bench... I put it for you in my heart."

Truc
08-11-2009, 06:44 PM
Merci, you did a beautiful job! :worship:
(I'm not self-worshipping, Irina did all the work.)

Mathieu's fighting spirit on the court really made quite an impression (while his hair only gets a mention from the only female player, no surprise). It was so impressive too.

Ome
08-11-2009, 06:56 PM
Beautiful job, indeed :worship: Thank you so much for doing the translation, Irina! Wonderful read.

His friendliness is another thing I'll remember him by :)

pingpong22
08-11-2009, 07:06 PM
LAURENT RECOUDERC:
I'll keep taking him with me all over the world, in my own way...
I'll keep holding him up as an example for his tenacity, his thoroughness and his quirky humour.
From now on I'll have to live with my memories of him instead of his presence, but friendship and memories never die...


it's the most important thing,memories never die..

Cloudygirl
08-11-2009, 07:19 PM
thanks for the translations. He sounds like he was a very nice guy and meant a lot to his friends.

pingpong22
08-11-2009, 07:50 PM
This "Fight 4 Mat" you can see on the pic is the sticker some French players were supposed to wear during the summer 2009, but I haven't seen it on anybody.

Jeremy had one during his 2nd round match in Montreal..

Pixie
08-13-2009, 11:51 PM
Was talking with a director of a french tournament on the national circuit where he played one week before what happened (and made the final). Nothing very interesting but everybody in the team was shoked since they had seen what everybody already said previously there - funny, polite and all... He played with a lot of kids during his day off and guaranteed he would come to the players' party whereas he was getting out with friends already - which he did. Sadly, I was planning to go to the tournament this year but couldn't in the end.

Not sure it deserves a mention there but I was kinda shocked when I heard he took part of this tournament I used to go at and play in when I was younger...and that was the first year I hadn't had a look at the entry list.

VolandriFan
08-21-2009, 10:15 AM
Those messages from his fellow players, ERV and Jennifer (that I had missed) were so touching. The more I hear about Mathieu, the more lovely he sounds as a person. It's too sad.

Truc
08-25-2009, 07:45 AM
« Fight 4 Mat » : « Bats-toi pour Mathieu », c’est le logo, autorisé par la WTA et l’ATP, que porte, près du cœur, Virginie Pichet, qui a survolé le tableau féminin du tournoi d’Obernai, ce week-end.
Un hommage à Mathieu Montcourt, espoir du tennis fauché au début de l’été par une crise cardiaque, « alors qu’il n’avait que 24 ans, qu’il était en bonne santé et qu’il ne prenait aucune substance prohibée », raconte la Levalloisienne, qui fut 120 e mondiale en 2004 et qui renoue avec la compétition après une blessure au genou.
« J’étais très proche de lui. Comme moi, beaucoup de joueurs ont été affectés par sa disparition et ont voulu marquer le coup. On a demandé l’autorisation à l’ATP et la WTA de porter le logo sur le circuit et ils ont accepté. Tsonga, Monfils, enfin tous les potes de Mathieu, porteront bientôt ce logo. Et je peux vous dire que ça décuple votre motivation, qu’on n’a pas envie de balancer un match quand on joue pour un ami qu’on a perdu ».
http://www.lalsace.fr/fr/sports/article/1903031,219/Hommage-Fight-4-Mat.html

Virginie Pichet was wearing the "Fight 4 Mat" sticker in a French tournament she won last week (in Obernai), so there is a short article about it. Both the ATP and the WTA gave the authorization. She says it's a motivation for her to "fight for Mathieu" on the court.
She also says that Jo, Gaël and all his friends will "soon" wear it too. :shrug:

Truc
09-01-2009, 10:26 PM
She was right! Jo had the "Fight 4 Mat" sticker today. :yeah:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/fd/fullj.6c4da64c56767cb1a27221f3c5bf450b/6c4da64c56767cb1a27221f3c5bf450b-getty-ten-us_open-tsonga-buchanan.jpg
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/11/fullj.73ab9a5a6d96b38973ac7f8fd264cbc7/73ab9a5a6d96b38973ac7f8fd264cbc7-getty-ten-us_open-tsonga.jpg

Truc
09-01-2009, 11:03 PM
There also is a short tribute to Mathieu at the beginning of the new Mousquetaires video:
http://player.canalplus.fr/#/272134

Richard says nothing is tougher than losing somebody like Mathieu who was a very kind person, a very nice guy, he liked him a lot.
Gaël says that Mathieu had a heart of gold. A great guy, always fighting. He was so shocked and sad when he heard the news.
Jo remembers Mathieu was always ready with a joke, always smiling and happy. Some of them regret they haven't been able to enjoy being with him more (= to spend more time with him).
Gaël says that if Mathieu is listening to them up there, they think of him. He thinks a lot about Mathieu.
Gilles says they won't forget him, it's something he keeps in the recesses of his mind, such a thing shouldn't be possible.

Truc
09-02-2009, 08:21 AM
Julien, Florent, Camille with the "Fight 4 Mat" sticker:
http://ups.imagup.com/04/1251907179_Bennet.jpg
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/66/fullj.bbe953016fac358dbd64a4257fb73a9f/bbe953016fac358dbd64a4257fb73a9f-getty-83372629mh091_us_open_day_2.jpg
http://pics.imagup.com/04/1251912263_Camille.jpg

Truc
09-02-2009, 06:39 PM
More "Fight 4 Mat":
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/f5/fullj.84fb7b07e43481820d3d0483ceaff0a9/84fb7b07e43481820d3d0483ceaff0a9-getty-ten-us_open-monfils-chardy.jpg

Renaud
09-13-2009, 06:57 PM
I am a bit late, but i wanted to write i thought a lot about Mathieu, his Family and his Fans, especially Adam and Francoise.
RIP Mathieu. :sad:

Truc
09-13-2009, 09:47 PM
And I was thinking of you and wondering if you knew about it, without Internet, not in France anymore...
Thank you so much to have helped keeping this place active, you and all the others, all the memories of him we've gathered here over the years are invaluable.

Charles-Antoine Brézac dedicated his win at the Critérium to Mathieu "on behalf of all the French players", you can see it at the end of the video:
http://www.fft.fr/championnats-de-france/2009/?id=5314
He says Mathieu was "adorable".

Truc
09-18-2009, 03:40 PM
In Maastricht:
http://monimag.eu/upload/284/fight4mat dc.jpg

Kezzi
09-19-2009, 12:32 AM
:worship:
And I'm surprised to see so many 'old' people in the group. I'm used to a group of students traveling with the Dutch team... Maybe that says more about our supporters than anything else. :p

soulage
09-19-2009, 02:04 PM
This month again 2 pages on Mathieu in Tennis Mag. His sister and his father talks about him as Pierre Cheret, Eric Capitani and Jerome Prigent.

Ozone
09-21-2009, 02:57 AM
OMG. I realized Montcourt hadn't been playing many tourneys lately, so I went here and I just found out of his passing. R.I.P Mat. Wow I need to read tennis magazine more.

Truc
09-22-2009, 06:45 PM
I thought they were never going to have it in the online shops...

Here are the texts written by his 3 former coaches, Capitani who knew him when he was a kid already, Prigent who was his coach until 2008 and Cherret, Serra's coach who was coaching both in 2008:
http://monimag.eu/upload/286/mat tu nous manques.jpg
http://monimag.eu/upload/286/prigent.jpg

Truc
10-04-2009, 10:20 AM
Better late than never, the translation of Pierre Cherret's tribute:

MATHIEU

M for "marrant" (funny), he was the king of the puns and livening up our evenings with his wit and his personality.

A for "artist", he loved playing in front of a crowd on big courts, it was transcending him, he liked being the entertainer and at the centre of the show.

T for "travailleur" (hardworker), he was training very hard, long practice sessions were his universe. He was a big perfectionist and was expecting a lot from his coaches he was fullfilling in return with his way to be so demanding with himself.

H for "honest", he was very faithful to people who were sharing his goal, he wasn't cheating and shirking the necessary effort to manage his career.

I for "intelligent", he was asking himself a lot of questions, too many sometimes, he always wanted to understand why his game was going in a certain way.

E for "énervé" ("edgy"?), he was famouse for his temper tantrums on the court which sometimes cost him dearly. As soon as the match was over, he was feeling very guilty because of his behaviour.

U for "union", our union with Florent Serra during those 18 months we spent together at the FFT.

WE MISS YOU, MAT.

Truc
10-04-2009, 10:44 AM
And of Éric Capitani's:

As a player Mathieu left me imperishable memories. Especially an unforgettable final against Richard Gasquet in Blois (11-12 y. old boys), his fierce fights against Gilles Simon in the Val-de-Marne league, an extraordinary win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final of the French Championships of the 15-16 y. old boys and his first win in the main draw of Roland-Garros.
As a person he was a very respectful boy, very close to the people around him. He was extremely grateful to his coaches. The 7 years of our collaboration were magic and timeless, to the point that he insisted on standing godfather to my first child. We were so close that I agreed, of course. Timeless because even after we had parted ways, Mathieu always wanted to know my opinion on his game. He wanted me to make the acquaintance of his coaches. We sometimes even worked together. It gave me the occasion to watch him play against players like Sébastien Grosjean, Gaël Monfils or Richard Gasquet. How can one forget all the hours we spent together on the court to experience such moments.
As a man he was very generous, warm and loving. He never forgot to write and ask how we were doing when he was travelling around the world. Each time he dropped by at home, he was passing on his joie de vivre and his energy to us. The kids always were overjoyed to spend some time with him.
Mathieu will be engraved forever on my memory. All my thoughts go to his family which is going through an unbearable time.

The pics with his sister, his father and his grand-father:

Keijan
10-04-2009, 11:36 AM
Thanks :/ He's so cute on those pics, and his sister looks a lot like him.

I remember reading a column in Le Point or some equivalent newspaper a few weeks ago, and it was about personalities who had died the previous month... There were like ten names with "name (93 ans...)" and in the middle "Mathieu Montcourt (24 ans)." I had a little moment there.

Kezzi
10-08-2009, 06:54 PM
Nico Mahut played with the "Fight 4 Mat"-sticker in Mons.
I took pics, will post them later. :)

Truc
10-08-2009, 07:47 PM
Thanks! Jo and Doud are still "fighting for Mat" too in Asia - with success.
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0bJheZ1aG3dKu/610x.jpg
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00wS1IJeK58HU/610x.jpg

Truc
10-08-2009, 07:57 PM
Here is the translation of the tribute of his 3rd coach Prigent:

The 7th of July 2009 will remain one of the most important days in my life. I lost on that day a bit of a brother, a bit of a son. Mat was part of my family. I will never forget all those moments I've shared with him. We laughed, cried, yelled and shared our lives. I will never forget this player who has driven me nuts as much as he's made me dream. His fighting spirit, his will, his strength and his loyalty, all things I like in life. Beyond the player, who's gone before he could show his exceptional talent to the world, the human being he was will stay in my heart of hearts forever. With all his shortcomings and his immense qualities. Mat loved people. He knew how to listen to them, to learn from them, he knew how to pass on a feeling, a smile. He absorbed other people's experience and he never wasted a piece of advice. A delight for a coach and a friend. A model of humility. When we decided to part ways, Mathieu thanked me. Instead of being angry he said thank you for all the work we had done together. I thanked him too on that day for his courage, his honesty and his achievements which had made it possible for me to enter the French Tennis Association.
I didn't think I would have to renew my acknowledgements in such sad and final circumstances. Thank you, Mathieu, thank you to have given yourself body and soul and thank you to have left in me this indelible and radiant impression. My wife Karine is joining me in those words. We've shared so many great moments together, on the pine trees island, in St-Petersburg, in the mountains or at our wedding. We often talk about Mat at home. For us it is the best way to keep him close to us.

Kezzi
10-08-2009, 10:59 PM
Here's the pic I took of Mahut in Mons. :)

soulage
10-19-2009, 04:54 PM
The french federation decided to give his name to one court of the CNE in RG where he was used to train.

Truc
10-22-2009, 06:53 PM
The ITF tournament of Poitiers will have a ceremony in memory of Mathieu on Saturday:
http://itfpoitiers.over-blog.org/article-hommage-mathieu-montcourt-37992016.html

http://monimag.eu/upload/303/affiche mat.jpg
http://www.nicolaslizier.com/photo-1253940-Affiche-1-Mathieu-Montcourt-24oct_jpg.html

Truc
11-01-2009, 11:00 AM
I haven't seen anything about this ceremony anywhere. :shrug:

The Future tournament of Rodez renamed their trophey after Mathieu (he won the title there 4 years ago).
http://www.tournoi.fft.fr/it-rodez/it-rodez_a/cms/index_public.php?us_action=show_note_site&login_off=1&ui_id_site=1

Truc
11-01-2009, 11:24 AM
And there were some "Fight4Mat" around in Lyon again this week:
http://monimag.eu/upload/311/serra fight 4 mat.jpg

Truc
11-19-2009, 01:01 PM
I saw on the link (http://www.sportacaen.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64:paul-henri-mathieu-remporte-son-deuxieme-open-de-caen&catid=11:divers&Itemid=36) posted by Grosjeanlol in Paulo's forum that there was a little tribute to Mathieu during the Open de Caen last week after the final between Paulo and Bennet.

There will also be one at the Chartres tournament in December, he won it last year:
Une ombre planera fin décembre sur les courts du stade de Ligue de Chartres. Celle de Mathieu Montcourt, lauréat de la dernière édition du Tournoi Bonne Année, décédé début juillet d’un infarctus, à seulement 24 ans. Une disparition soudaine qui a ému la France du tennis, et notamment ses copains Monfils, Tsonga ou Gasquet. « Nous lui rendrons évidemment hommage. On va évoquer sa mémoire au travers notamment d’une minute de silence », annonçait hier Etienne Poulet, le président du comité 28, à l’heure de dévoiler les contours du tableau messieurs 2009.
http://www.lechorepublicain.fr/selection-sport-tournoi-bonne-annee-une-esquisse-du-tableau,54.html

Truc
11-25-2009, 11:32 AM
An article in Tennis Mag about the inauguration of the Montcourt practice court in Roland, you can see ERV, Olivia Sanchez and Pierrick Ysern unveiling the plaque:
http://ultraxs.com/image-EAD7_4B0D13E8.jpg (http://ultraxs.com/share-EAD7_4B0D13E8.html)

Truc
11-27-2009, 04:12 PM
Thanks to Daphné for the heads up, a nice article today in Sud-Ouest, there will be a tribute to Mathieu tomorrow during the last round of the Interclubs:
Ils y pensent chaque jour
Ils n'ont pas attendu cette journée pour penser à lui. Mais Primrose profite de la réception de l'AS Patton, demain, pour célébrer la mémoire de Mathieu Montcourt, joueur de l'équipe décédé en juillet dernier d'un infarctus (1).

Foudroyé à 24 ans, Mathieu Montcourt était en pleine ascension. 104e mondial à l'ATP, il prenait date dans le tennis professionnel. Sa jeunesse, son énergie, son sourire : en un an, le Parisien avait déjà marqué de son empreinte le club de Primrose et ses partenaires. Une sorte de coup de foudre réciproque. Aujourd'hui, il les accompagne toujours, sur le court, en match, à l'entraînement ou simplement par la pensée.

Un guerrier

« Sa mort a été très difficile à accepter ; ça l'est toujours. J'ai une pensée pour lui à chaque fois que je joue. Avant de m'endormir, cela revient sans cesse », témoigne Florent Serra, qui s'est également entraîné un an et demi avec lui, à Roland-Garros.

Le nouveau de l'équipe, Michaël Llodra, le connaissait peu mais appréciait son « humour » et son mental de guerrier. Combattre sur le court était sa marque de fabrique. « C'était quelqu'un de très amical mais de très combatif sur le court », rappelle Florent Serra. Romain Jouan se remémore Mathieu Montcourt en ce sens : « Si je fais un beau point en m'arrachant, je pense à lui. Car dès qu'il faisait un point énorme, il s'extériorisait beaucoup ».

« Il avait un tempérament parfait. Il communiquait son envie de gagner, de réussir », confirme le capitaine Jean-Baptiste Perlant, qui l'a recruté. « Je savais qu'il serait apprécié des dirigeants et des supporters du club. Il a été pour beaucoup dans notre place en finale l'année dernière ». Les deux hommes partageaient également la même passion du foot. En bon Parisien, Montcourt n'avait d'yeux que pour le PSG. « On se chambrait par texto à chaque journée puisque je supporte les Girondins ».

Né la même année que Montcourt, Romain Jouan était doublement heureux de la victoire mercredi contre le TC Paris. « On lui a déjà rendu un bel hommage en se qualifiant pour les demi-finales ».

Curieux et secret

Primrose s'était attaché à ce garçon curieux. Comme Patrice Dominguez, l'ancien directeur national, qui l'a repéré sur un court à l'âge de 12 ans. « Mon fils Léo était devenu son copain, je me suis attaché à cet enfant qui devenait un homme ». Il révèle un garçon ouvert et très volontaire. « Il posait toujours des questions. Perfectionniste, il valait mieux ne pas se tromper dans les réponses... Il aimait l'art. Dès qu'il faisait un tournoi, il essayait de visiter un musée. On ne voit pas beaucoup de garçon comme ça ». Un type droit mais également secret. « Il réfléchissait beaucoup. Il cherchait la confiance chez les autres car il en manquait, je crois », ajoute Patrice Dominguez.

En bon capitaine, Jean-Baptiste Perlant perpétue aujourd'hui le lien avec le père de Mathieu Montcourt qui sera présent, demain à Primrose, avec sa famille. « Mathieu leur avait beaucoup parlé du club, il aimait vraiment être ici. »

Patrice Dominguez conclut : « Il avait trouvé le bon club. Primrose lui allait bien ». La réciproque est vraie.

Auteur : Audrey Ludwig

(1) Le club lui rendra hommage demain sur le court, entre les simples et les doubles, soit vers 15 h 30, en présence de la famille de Mathieu Montcourt. Une plaque avec son nom sera notamment dévoilée.
It's on the website of Primrose:
http://www.villaprimrose.com/pdf/presse/chpts-eq1-2010/SO-27-11-09.pdf

Truc
11-27-2009, 04:35 PM
He played only one year for the Primrose club, but it was like reciprocal "love at first sight" and his memory still is with the players of the club on the court and in training.
Florent Serra: "His death was very difficult to accept; it still is. I think of him each time I play. His memory continually recurs at night when I go to sleep."
Mika didn't know him well, but appreciated his humour and his warrior attitude, his trademark.
Romain Jouan: "When I win a nice point giving it my all, I think of him. He was so expressive when he won a big rallye."
For the captain of the team JB Perlant, Mathieu was "the perfect teammate, really passing on his desire to win and to success. He played a great part in our run of last year when we reached the final." Romain (who was born the same year as Mathieu): "We've paid him a nice tribute with our qualification for the semi-final."
Dominguez had noticed Mathieu when he was 12 years old only: "My son Léo became his friend, I became attached to this boy who was becoming a man. He was asking questions all the time. A perfectionist too, you better not give him the wrong answer... He loved arts. He always tried to visit a museum when he was playing a tournament somewhere. You don't see a lot of guys like him. He was thinking a lot. He was looking for confidence in the others because I think he was lacking confidence".
Mathieu's family will be in Primrose tomorrow and a plaque with his name will be unveiled between the singles and the doubles.

MissChaChaCha
11-29-2009, 10:09 AM
Hommage à Mathieu Montcourt, hier à Villa Primrose (article SudOuest du 29/11/09)

http://www.sudouest.com/gironde/actualite/article/789241/mil/5418282.html

Truc
11-29-2009, 12:18 PM
Wow, the Center Court was renamed after Mathieu?!

There's also a short portrait in the presentation of Primrose here:
http://www.fft.fr/premiere_division/2009/?id=5462#
Perlant says he had never been so scared on the captain chair because Mathieu was argueing with the umpire in *each* match.

Truc
12-04-2009, 11:29 AM
Another :worship: find of Daphné, there is a great tribute to Mathieu in the magazine of the Primrose club, "Il était une fois Mathieu Montcourt":
http://www.villaprimrose.com/pdf/pleineligne/PL80.pdf
The captain of Primrose calls him "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and says again he was so scared Mathieu might get disqualified during the matches.
I like the text of Romain (Jouan) a lot too. They called themselves Bob & Mike, like the Bryans. He says he was already a "fan" before Mathieu joined the club of Primrose - and even more after he got to know him better. Mathieu was a model to him and the epitome of joie de vivre.
Atteret (from the organization of the Bordeaux Challenger) says that Mathieu was the only player who came to thank personally the organizers and the volunteers at the end of the tournament and that's the kind of attentions that made him so popular.

I made a screenshot of the collage, in case the pdf doesn't work:
http://monimag.eu/upload/335/primrose.jpg (http://monimag.eu)

Hangdog
12-08-2009, 07:59 AM
Merci beaucoup to Françoise, Daphné and everyone for all the articles and photos! :worship: This thread is so special, and it's really nice that the new facts and tributes keep coming.
This last collage is a sort of "Mathieu Montcourt at one look" :)

Some Fight4Mat updates (players of TC Paris (http://www.tennisclubdeparis.fr) at Interclubs):

Jonathan Dasnières de Veigy
http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/9793/fight4matjddv2.th.jpg (http://img707.imageshack.us/i/fight4matjddv2.jpg/) http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/8574/fight4matjdv2.th.jpg (http://img40.imageshack.us/i/fight4matjdv2.jpg/)

Olivia Sanchez
http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/6428/olivian.th.jpg (http://img697.imageshack.us/i/olivian.jpg/)

And yesterday I bumped into this article about a small local tournament that took place in the very end of June: http://www.tournoi.fft.fr/le-pont/le-pont_d/data_1/pdf/sa/samedi2009.pdf. The director tells that Mathieu at some point saved their tournament after the messy beginning and after Thomas Enqvist, who was supposed to take part in the exhibition as a former winner of the event, announced at the last minute that he wasn't coming. And Mathieu kindly agreed to come and replace him. He played an exhibition match with Rodolphe Cadart, and the director tells that it was an excellent show featuring great tennis, involvement of a ballboy to the game and kissing the umpire (the other side of Mathieu's relations with umpires :p).

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/1350/260620090.jpg

Kezzi
12-08-2009, 08:41 AM
I agree, it's a really special thread. :)
Love to read all these tributes, because I would never be able to find out about them myself and it's so nice to know that this is all happening.

Just opened the pdf, this little series of photos with that girl next to the collage is funny. :lol:
Is she part of the tournament too?

Truc
12-08-2009, 10:47 AM
It's his girlfriend, I think.

Thanks, Irina, great finds!and kissing the umpire (the other side of Mathieu's relations with umpires :p). :lol: They had a cute umpire too, maybe it was the solution to help Mathieu controlling his temper on the court.
(I remember Coria being so mad at the US Open once because Sandra de Jenken was the chair umpire - it was not so usual at the time to have female chair umpires in men's matches - and the little macho didn't dare to be his usual obnoxious self with a woman. You could see he was trying so hard to control himself when he wanted to argue a call, he was whining in Spanish: "But why did they give me a woman?!")

Truc
12-31-2009, 09:06 AM
Romain Jouan won the "Tournoi Bonne Année" of Chartres that Mathieu won last year, he paid tribute to Mathieu during the ceremony.

Tournoi Bonne Année : Jouan au bout du suspense
C’était peut-être la tête d’affiche la moins connue du tournoi… Romain Jouan, originaire de Bretagne, a remporté hier après-midi le tournoi Bonne Année ; il s’est imposé en finale face à Olivier Patience en trois sets, 6/4, 4/6, 7/5. Lors de la cérémonie des trophées, il a rendu hommage à son ami Mathieu Montcourt, l’ancien vainqueur de l’an dernier et décédé cet été. Mathieu Montcourt qui donne désormais son nom au trophée que remportent les vainqueurs.

http://monimag.eu/upload/351/hommage chartres.jpg
http://www.chartres.fr/site/upload_doc/VV85/VV85-LR-33.pdf

Kezzi
12-31-2009, 08:50 PM
Rotterdam is getting close again... I wish I could avoid the court where I saw him play last year, was the first time I saw him irl and started to develop fan feelings for him at that match. :)
Sure will have a little moment there. :sad:

edit: I decided to make something and tape it on that court. It's used for qualies, but after that it's just for training, so I'll put it on after last qualies match on Sunday.
Don't know how long it will last, but I think he needs to be honored in NL too. Most people don't know him, but sure he had fans here. At least for the one who'll take it off, I'll write a little explanation on the back for choosing that court for my own little tribute. :)

Kezzi
02-08-2010, 09:49 PM
Here's my tribute. It's quite small, I could've printed it bigger, but I didn't want to be too annoying. :p
According to my friend, it still hangs there, so probably they won't take it off. (Cause they won't notice. :lol: )
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2714/4341883120_612f349146_o.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4341140623_040af2970a_o.jpg
And ERV with the sticker:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/4341881982_6e7cb359d2_o.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4051/4341881890_25364b1cd7_o.jpg

Truc
02-08-2010, 10:19 PM
Oh thank you so much, Eliane, it's so nice...
It's very nicely done too, a tad mysterious, I really like it.

Florent had the "Fight4Mat" sticker today too.
And I was reading an interview of Olivia Sanchez the other day and she says she was so upset by Mathieu's death that she even took a couple of months off the tour last summer because she needed to recollect herself.

Kezzi
02-09-2010, 05:48 AM
I also like that it's mysterious, it actually looks bigger on the pics than irl. :o
But I hope it draws people to take a look at it and ask themselves what it means, especially when they might notice the Fight4Mat on some shirts too. :)

MissChaChaCha
02-09-2010, 09:31 AM
Olivia Sanchez during Rancho Mirage's tournament (she has won !) the last week .

http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?template=zoom&Site=J1&Date=20100208&Category=SPORTS07&ArtNo=2080314&Ref=AR

Truc
02-09-2010, 10:26 AM
Thanks!
I'm impressed all his closest friends still wear the sticker. I wasn't expecting it, really a great gesture from them.

I looked up Olivia's record and she didn't play a single match between the 5th of July (Mathieu died on the 7th) and the very end of September indeed, poor girl. Good to know she's doing well again.

MissChaChaCha
02-09-2010, 02:17 PM
I looked up Olivia's record and she didn't play a single match between the 5th of July (Mathieu died on the 7th) and the very end of September indeed, poor girl. Good to know she's doing well again.

Norbert Palmier, Olivia's coach, talks about this bad patch :

In July, close friend Mathieu Montcourt, a 24-year-old French player, was found dead of a heart attack by his girlfriend.
“She tried to play, but it was very tough,” Palmier said. “No one understood what happened.”

Montcourt's death affected Sanchez so much that she decided to take two months off to collect herself and to give herself a much-needed break from the tennis grind.
“It was a hard moment for me,” said Sanchez who didn't play in July or August last year.

Hangdog
02-10-2010, 07:07 PM
Thanks for the updates on Olivia and other players!
Here's my tribute. It's quite small, I could've printed it bigger, but I didn't want to be too annoying. :p
According to my friend, it still hangs there, so probably they won't take it off. (Cause they won't notice. :lol: )
Such a nice tribute, Eliane! Great idea, thank you!

Recently I happened to come across a thread about Mathieu on a Chinese tennis forum: http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/newsdetail.asp?id=3014208&posts=&dp=&lp=&page=1. It was created in 2006 and there were quite a few posters posting there. I find it very impressive that Mathieu had a sort of a Chinese fanclub! There is another thread, it looks like it was started to discuss Mathieu's relations with umpires :lol: http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/NewsDetail.asp?page=1&id=7098880&posts=&dp=60&lp=1 (no idea if there are other threads, it's all in Chinese after all)

Truc
02-10-2010, 07:48 PM
Awesome find, Irina. :worship:
In the 2nd thread they even have screenshots of the video I was looking for everywhere! When he puts his arm around Ramos. It was the "pic of the day" on Eurosport.

If anybody has this video (the highlights of RG 2006 on Eurosport International, it's just a very short clip and they had Mathieu *twice* in it), I would love to see it again, Youtube deleted my account with all my videos of Mathieu.
I'm also looking for the Eurosport Buzz about him in RG in 2007.

Truc
02-10-2010, 07:57 PM
They have new pics on page 16 of the 1st thread, I think, I don't remember having seen them before (or maybe they're from Peta?)
And on page 27 a nice pic in doubles with Doud in RG 2009 which was new to me too. Cutest team in the field.

Thanks again for sharing your find, it's great to see he had fans over there too, there even are a couple of posters who still have avatars of him.

Hangdog
02-10-2010, 09:04 PM
You're very welcome, Françoise! I'm happy with this find too :lol: I just wasn't sure if it's going to be new to others - as for myself, I can say that all those photos you mentioned were new to me, and I don't remember having ever seen/heard anything about the episode with Ramos (shame on me :o).

As for the video, on the second page of the first thread there was posted a link (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=50VBSR7Q) to "Hewitt vs Montcourt last game" but it says that the video is temporary unavailable (i.e. expired?). The same link was mentioned here (http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/newsdetail.asp?id=2973551&posts=&dp=&lp=1&page=1), too. So maybe some of fellow Chinese fans still have that video? I know that Joey (TheEnd) posts there, maybe she could ask about that (and any other Mathieu-related) video for us. I can try to PM and e-mail to her.

Shame on YouTube for deleting you account :( Obviously they have a bunch of new tools they eager to try on all videos on their servers. A while ago I uploaded there a video with Nico's highlights, so the video (highlights from different streams) was approved, but the audio that consisted of 4 different layers one of which was a modified(!) song, was marked as violating some rules and not available to be played in some countries :o

barbieriale
02-15-2010, 11:47 PM
Hello, im from Argentina and i wanna show you one thing i have, this is a hat with a few thing about mat, i know mat few years ago and, he was a great guy and a great tennis player so, one friend brings me this hat from france, this hat is unique beacuase are only 5. This is my way to remember mat when i play whit this, look:
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/3773/img00047201002151813.jpg
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/9621/img00048201002151813.jpg
http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/4569/img00051201002151814.jpg
http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/3820/img00052201002151814.jpg
http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/1971/img00055201002151815.jpg
http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/5770/img00056201002151815.jpg

Truc
02-16-2010, 02:36 PM
Thanks a lot, it's great to see he had supporters all around the world.
Did you know him from tournaments he played in South America? I don't remember him playing there during the time I was following him, but I only started to take an interest in him after THE match against Hewitt in RG 2006.

barbieriale
02-16-2010, 03:02 PM
hello,i have known Mathieu few years ago in usa and then, sense this time, we talk a lot for chat, we go to dinner a few times and i see him a few times in challengers around the world, but i insist, he was a great guy and a great tennis player and, this things like this thread it so important to still remember Mat so. Thanks to all for the support.

MissChaChaCha
03-01-2010, 12:51 PM
Alain Thiébot, directeur du tournoi, ainsi que de l'ensemble de l'organisation de l'Open de Cherbourg rendra hommage une nouvelle fois au jeune joueur disparu tragiquement cet été. Mathieu Montcourt aimait beaucoup ce tournoi et s'y était déjà illustré. Une pensée émue, pour le moins, à l'ouverture du tournoi accompagnera les joueurs. Suite au décès de Mathieu Montcourt, une association avait vu le jour et de nombreux joueurs français jouent désormais avec le badge "FIGHT FOR MAT" sur leur tee-shirt.

soulage
03-03-2010, 07:45 PM
The tribute is tomorrow http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/398/op.pdf

Truc
03-03-2010, 08:18 PM
Thanks! Wow, even on the official OOP. He would have turned 25 tomorrow.

Too bad there isn't any livestream for Cherbourg, it would have been nice to see one of all those tributes.

barbieriale
03-04-2010, 06:15 AM
happy 25th birthday for "THE ANGE DU TENNIS" i still miss him and i still remember him forever, Bon anniv Mat. FIGHT 4 MAT.
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/3773/img00047201002151813.jpg
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/9621/img00048201002151813.jpg
http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/4569/img00051201002151814.jpg
http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/3820/img00052201002151814.jpg
http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/1971/img00055201002151815.jpg
http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/5770/img00056201002151815.jpg

Ome
03-04-2010, 02:00 PM
Still miss you, Mathieu. Hope you are happy... wherever you are <3

Truc
03-05-2010, 10:20 PM
Jo dedicated his win to Mathieu today:
http://monimag.eu/upload/390/jo mathieu.jpg

Truc
03-08-2010, 02:21 PM
Nico Mahut also dedicated his title in Cherbourg to Mathieu:
Une victoire à laquelle il associait, dimanche soir, Mathieu Montcourt, décédé brutalement cet été. « Je n'oublie pas qu'il était là avec nous l'an dernier, sur le terrain. J'ai une grosse pensée pour lui. »
http://www.ouest-france.fr/sport/une_tennis_detail_-Nicolas-Mahut-remporte-son-deuxieme-titre-a-Cherbourg_39764-1289199_actu.Htm

Truc
04-04-2010, 03:36 PM
ERV won the "Open de l'Acacia" of Carcassone Mathieu won last year and he dedicated his win to Mathieu.

Kezzi
04-04-2010, 04:21 PM
Thanks for the update. :)

Truc
05-20-2010, 11:26 AM
Jo throws a charity evening tonight Place Vendôme in Paris for his association "Attrape la balle" and for the "Mécénat chirurgie cardiaque" association and says that Mathieu's death is the reason why he picked that 2nd association. The point of the association is a bit different (= it helps financing heart surgery for children who live in poor countries and couldn't afford it), but he says that Mathieu's death was a big shock for him last year and that's why he's supporting this action for children with a heart condition.
There are more news on Jo's website.

Bobble
05-20-2010, 03:10 PM
Thanks for the update, I hope some nice photos from the event turn up. Makes me think back to watching Mat and Jo practice at IW in 2008.

Truc
05-24-2010, 08:50 AM
ERV in L'Equipe about his great comeback against Anderson yesterday, I hope his interview will be available on the tournament website:
La chair de poule en sentant un ami décédé veiller sur lui. « J’ai joué sur le court 7, celui qui porte le nom de Mathieu Montcourt (disparu il y a bientôt un an). J’ai senti qu’il m’aidait de là-haut. Sa petite amie était dans les tribunes. Cette victoire, elle est pour lui (en apprenant sa mort, Édouard fut si choqué qu’il ne put plus jouer au tennis pendant trois semaines). »
"I was playing on Court 7, the one which has been renamed after Mathieu Montcourt. I could feel he was helping me from up above. His girlfriend was sitting in the stands. This victory is for him (Édouard was so shocked by Mathieu's death last year that he was unable to play tennis for 3 weeks)."

Bobble
05-24-2010, 02:51 PM
ERV in L'Equipe about his great comeback against Anderson yesterday, I hope his interview will be available on the tournament website:
La chair de poule en sentant un ami décédé veiller sur lui. « J’ai joué sur le court 7, celui qui porte le nom de Mathieu Montcourt (disparu il y a bientôt un an). J’ai senti qu’il m’aidait de là-haut. Sa petite amie était dans les tribunes. Cette victoire, elle est pour lui (en apprenant sa mort, Édouard fut si choqué qu’il ne put plus jouer au tennis pendant trois semaines). »
"I was playing on Court 7, the one which has been renamed after Mathieu Montcourt. I could feel he was helping me from up above. His girlfriend was sitting in the stands. This victory is for him (Édouard was so shocked by Mathieu's death last year that he was unable to play tennis for 3 weeks)."

Thanks for sharing, I had no idea they renamed the court for Mat. The match yesterday was a beautiful fight, Doud looked so happy.

Truc
05-24-2010, 04:13 PM
Actually, they didn't rename that court, the Montcourt court is a training court in the CNE.
The court 7 is the court where the ceremony for Mathieu took place last year, it was "his" court, I guess that's why Doud says that.

When I was in RG last year and asked about the Montcourt court, the guy showed me the Court 7, while I actually meant the CNE court. So they seem to consider it's the Montcourt court.
There still were wreathes in memory of Mathieu, although it was much later in the year.

Truc
05-26-2010, 09:00 AM
Roger-Vasselin n’oublie pas Montcourt

Fight 4 Mat... Ce petit logo en lettres blanches sur fond noir s’étale sur les manches de quelques joueurs français (Roger-Vasselin, Mahut, Serra, Recouderc, etc.). « Bats-toi pour Mathieu », ou comment marquer le souvenir de l’ancien joueur Mathieu Montcourt, brutalement décédé à 24 ans le 7 juillet dernier. « Cette idée de badge est venue de Nico Mahut et moi-même, confie Edouard Roger-Vasselin, l’un des plus proches amis de Montcourt.
Nous avons trouvé le texte avec sa petite amie et fait valider la taille et les couleurs par la Fédération. Nous voulions monter une association, mais nous ne sommes finalement pas allés au bout. D’une part parce que je suis reparti en tournoi et, surtout, parce qu’on ne trouvait pas de véritable but, de cause à défendre, vu qu’on ne savait pas de quoi il était mort. Nous n’aurions eu aucun message à faire passer. »
Roger-Vasselin arbore au poignet droit un bracelet bleu ciel comme une dizaine d’intimes de celui qui, tragique ironie du sort, était « lucky loser » à Roland-Garros l’an passé. « Après ce drame, c’était très dur car j’avais sur mes épaules le poids de trois personnes (NDLR : lui-même, sa petite amie et celle de Moncourt), poursuit Roger-Vasselin. Au fil de temps, je me suis rendu compte que, finalement, son souvenir me faisait plus de bien que de mal et m’apportait du positif pendant les matchs. Au 1er tour, j’ai pensé à lui au 4e set et cela m’a donné un énergie positive (NDLR : il s’est imposé en cinq sets face au Sud-Africain Anderson après avoir été mené deux sets à rien). » Clin d’oeil du destin, Edouard Roger-Vasselin l’a emporté sur le court n°7, rebaptisé court Montcourt… « Je l’avais choisi », glisse-t-il. Cet après-midi, le natif de Gennevilliers s’attaque au Tchèque Berdych (n°15) sur le n°2. Un gros morceau. Mais il sait que, dans les moments de galère, il ne sera pas seul…
ÉRIC BRUNA, 26.05.2010
http://www.leparisien.fr/roland-garros-2010/direct-live-tennis/roger-vasselin-n-oublie-pas-montcourt-26-05-2010-937185.php

ERV, Mahut, Serra, Recouderc are still wearing the "Fight4Mat" thing. Doud explains he had the idea together with Nico Mahut. They also wanted to create an association, but they gave up because there was no cause to defend with the reason for Mathieu's death being so unclear.
It was extremely tough just after Mathieu's death (he says he was carrying on his shoulders the weight of 3 people's sorrow - his own mourning, of his gf and of Mathieu's gf - they all were very close, went together on vacation, etc.), but with the time passing he realized that the memory of Mathieu was actually helping him during the matches more than it was a burden. Like during his first round match, it definitely gave him a positive energy and helped him to come back in the 4th set. He also says that it was his own wish to be scheduled on that court.

Bobble
05-26-2010, 02:30 PM
http://www.leparisien.fr/roland-garros-2010/direct-live-tennis/roger-vasselin-n-oublie-pas-montcourt-26-05-2010-937185.php

ERV, Mahut, Serra, Recouderc are still wearing the "Fight4Mat" thing. Doud explains he had the idea together with Nico Mahut. They also wanted to create an association, but they gave up because there was no cause to defend with the reason for Mathieu's death being so unclear.
It was extremely tough just after Mathieu's death (he says he was carrying on his shoulders the weight of 3 people's sorrow - his own mourning, of his gf and of Mathieu's gf - they all were very close, went together on vacation, etc.), but with the time passing he realized that the memory of Mathieu was actually helping him during the matches more than it was a burden. Like during his first round match, it definitely gave him a positive energy and helped him to come back in the 4th set. He also says that it was his own wish to be scheduled on that court.

Thanks so much again for posting these tidbits!:hug:

Kezzi
05-28-2010, 08:46 PM
Thanks so much again for posting these tidbits!:hug:
I agree, always appreciate it very much. :hug:

Kezzi
06-19-2010, 11:29 PM
Does someone know why http://mathieumontcourt.net/ doesn't work anymore?
Sometimes I just went there to look at it and read the text again, but now it's gone. :confused:

soulage
06-29-2010, 07:04 PM
Nico speaks about Mathieu and the fact he didn't have the Fight4Math on his shirt only because it was new shirts. As he gave some outfits to tennis museuum he would have like to have it on them. http://video.lequipe.fr/video/tennis-golf/tennis-wimbledon-mahut-une-belle-image-du-tennis/recentes/page/1/?sig=iLyROoaf83WY

Truc
07-02-2010, 06:51 PM
Thanks a lot, the videos of L'Equipe are not working abroad.
So nice from him to say that

When I asked the webmaster about the website last year, Eliane, they told me that they had no idea what was going to happen with it and it was up to Mathieu's family to take a decision. I was afraid they would just take it offline indeed since it looked so "unfinished".
I still have the French version of the text, I'll post in the other thread.

Kezzi
07-02-2010, 07:50 PM
I liked it, it didn't look unfinished to me. I thought they had an amazing lay out and with the text on it and a few pictures, it just looked like a great simple and classy tribute to me.
I found the text in another thread, you posted it there already with a translation. :)

Kezzi
07-06-2010, 04:35 PM
It has been a year already :sad:

Ome
07-07-2010, 05:31 PM
We miss you, Mat.

Every time I hear the words "banking crisis" in the news I always think of him...

Really miss you....

Hangdog
07-07-2010, 07:02 PM
http://img2.pict.com/f6/8e/09/1133556/0/rose.jpg

Just felt like reposting this photo, it's one of the first images that come to my mind when I think about him. The amazing hair and unique ability of wearing pink = Mathieu Montcourt.
This is a sad day, but there are so many nice moments to remember!

Ome
03-04-2011, 03:40 PM
Still miss you, Mat, very much :hug:

Happy birthday, you funny guy with the most awesome hair :)

Tulipe
03-04-2011, 10:54 PM
Joyeux anniversaire, Math!

Sombrerero loco
06-05-2011, 11:18 PM
sometimes still i cry when i think of him.so sad, but i havent assumed mat is not here any longer =( fuck, it is just so sad...

MissChaChaCha
12-10-2011, 05:34 PM
Today, Villa Primrose won the French Interclubs and the captain Jean-Baptiste Perlant has paid homage to Mathieu during his speech : " Mathieu has been the moving spirit of the team during many years. He was with us for the first time in 2008 and he has given the team a new lease of life. It's for him that we really want win this trophy today ".

And Bernard Dupouy (Villa Primrose's president) added " A moment ago I have talked with his father ... The emotion was palpable. Mathieu has taken an active part in this magnificent adventure. "

Kezzi
12-10-2011, 05:51 PM
:awww: That is so nice of them. :) I'm glad Math is still in people's memory, everyone always says they'll never forget so I think it's great when people really show this by their actions.

Sombrerero loco
12-12-2011, 09:31 AM
mat :hug:

Tulipe
05-06-2012, 10:53 PM
Jonathan Dasnieres de Veigy won his first challenger title here in Ostrava today. He was wearing the FIGHT 4 MAT sticker on his T-shirt :)

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/150116_10150857110564452_709734451_9156645_1804860 050_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/301785_10150857114184452_709734451_9156665_1640979 321_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/581365_10150857110284452_709734451_9156642_1983380 309_n.jpg

Kezzi
05-07-2012, 08:09 PM
I'm happy to see players still wear it. And congrats to him on his title. :)

Kezzi
07-07-2012, 09:11 AM
3 years already :sad:

Sombrerero loco
07-08-2012, 10:37 PM
mat =(

Grenouille
09-09-2012, 10:08 AM
Do you know what happened to Truc ?

Kezzi
09-09-2012, 01:11 PM
I wonder about Truc too sometimes, I've tried sending her a message on fb a while ago, but didn't get any response. Maybe I should check is she's still on there, cause I haven't heard anything in a while.

Sombrerero loco
09-09-2012, 01:22 PM
who is truc?

Kezzi
09-09-2012, 08:55 PM
A poster on mtf who used to contribute a lot to the french tennis topics. You could have have seen her username (Truc, obviously) a few times as thread starter.

The Prince
01-22-2013, 10:50 PM
:sad: We still remember you Mat! :sadface:

The Prince
06-03-2013, 06:08 AM
And still I won't forget. :)

Sombrerero loco
06-03-2013, 09:43 AM
mat :hug: still ouch sometimes...

Sombrerero loco
07-10-2013, 07:55 PM
4 years :((((
we miss you mat :hug:

Deuce*
08-19-2013, 09:53 AM
I saw Mathieu in a Junior event several years ago. Tsonga was playing the same event (in fact, they played doubles together).
At the time, I was more impressed with Mathieu and his enthusiastic all-court play than I was with Tsonga.
Mathieu just seemed to have so much natural passion and love for the game, which is rare today.

After his death, it's a little more rare...