Menno Oosting, a professional tennis player from the Netherlands, died in a car accident while returning home from a tournament in Cherbourg, France. He was 34.

He played on the Dutch Davis Cup team from 1983-88, compiling a 7-4 record, including 5-3

in singles. He reached a career-high ranking of No 72 in singles in 1988 and No 20 in doubles

in 1995.

He won the French Open mixed-doubles title in 1994 with Kristie Boogert, won seven ATP Tour doubles titles in his career, and was a finalist in 11 other tournaments, including St Petersburg, Russia, on February 14.

Dutch Davis Cup captain Michael Schapers, a long-time friend, said: ''In the early 1980s he was one of four guys who helped put tennis on the map in this country.''

Oosting is survived by his wife, Anne, and three sons aged six, three, and three months.