BARTOLI UNSURE ON OLYMPICS

France’s top ranked female, Marion Bartoli will not be competing at the London 2012 Olympics unless the her relationship with the French tennis authorities improves in the near future.

She is currently ranked number 9 in the world and would be a massive loss for France, particularly since she is so keen to play in the Olympics. However, one of the conditions of eligibility for the games is that you must be on good terms with your national tennis federation and you must have made yourself available to plat in the Fed Cup twice in the last four years. And sadly, Bartoli is involved in a long-running dispute with the French Tennis Federation, over the way she is coached.

Bartoli is coached primarily by her father, and the French authorities have decided that this makes her “incompatible” with the Fed Cup squad, since they won’t allow her father to coach her for this competition. This seems a pretty poor reason for losing one of your star players in international tournaments, especially since they are disagreeing with a fairly common practice – the Williams sisters were coached by their father and Nadal himself is helped by his uncle.

“It’s really heartbreaking for me,” said Bartoli. “Honestly, I really do feel I have a chance to make a medal over there and especially at Wimbledon, on grass, where I had so much success in the past, and can’t go there just for some stupid reason.” Bartoli is one of the favourites for the English tournament according to the latest Wimbledon odds online, so she has a genuine chance of winning at the Olympics too.

Bartoli is now reflecting on her shock defeat to Jie Zheng in the Australian Open, who beat her with comparative ease 6-3, 6-3. The Chinese player raced into a 4-0 lead and held her nerve to capitalise on the swift start. She then dictated the second set, hitting 28 winners in the course of the match and progressing comfortably before beaten in turn by Ennari in the fourth round.