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Former UNLV tennis star dies suddenly

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Mehdi Bouras (Courtesy: UNLV) Mehdi Bouras (Courtesy: UNLV)

UNLV is mourning the loss of a former tennis star who died suddenly on Thursday.

Mehdi Bouras was just 24.

The men's tennis player was one of the most decorated players in the program's history, UNLV said on Friday.

Bouras, who was from Algiers, came to UNLV from Paris, France and recently was a professional player based in Miami. He was ranked No. 986 in singles and No. 1,321 in doubles in the current ATP World Tour Rankings.

UNLV said Bouras was in Costa Mesa, CA earlier this week competing in a tour event when he fell ill. No other details concerning his death have been released.

While at UNLV, Bouras was nationally ranked, finishing with a singles record of 66-36. As a senior, he became the first Rebel to play in both the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments since 1997.

Bouras was named the 2011 Mountain West Men's Player of the Year and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Senior Player of the Year.

Aside from tennis, Bouras excelled in the classroom. He was a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Mountain West recipient. Bouras, a management major, was named the 2009 UNLV Most Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the UNLV Athletic Department.

"I loved the kid so much and everyone that met him loved him," UNLV men's tennis head coach Owen Hambrook said. "Mehdi just had unbelievable character, was a model student-athlete, a great tennis player and a wonderful ambassador for UNLV. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family. He will never be forgotten by all of us who knew him."

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