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  1. Anthony
    Anthony May 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm |

    This is brilliant. I can’t believe how her opponent had more support even from the French crowd. She’s one of the most gutsy players out there on either tour. She should be cherished

  2. Eric
    Eric May 28, 2013 at 10:06 pm |

    Oh British journos, come for the Andy Murray updates, stay for the constant misogyny/complaining.

  3. Sally
    Sally May 29, 2013 at 12:21 am |

    Thank you! I loved this. Marion wins one for the quirky girls. She is one tough cookie. (I can’t believe what Martina and Mary were saying today about Marion working out for two hours prior to a match! No wonder she looks so exhausted from the first ball. There is always a part of me that wants to hand her a couple of barrettes just to help her keep her hair off her face, but mostly I just love how she beats the ball.

  4. Christopher Levy
    Christopher Levy May 29, 2013 at 1:46 am |

    I adore her. She seems to live or die with each point.

    I just wish she’d srart to win some matches !

    I made a scrapbook of my shots so far…


  5. Peter
    Peter May 29, 2013 at 2:09 am |

    She’s My Star

  6. tclairel
    tclairel May 29, 2013 at 6:30 am |

    It may have been the French Open last year when on one of the changeovers Marion took a full sized can of hairspray from her bag and proceeded to fix her hair in place (it was windy). Made me chuckle

  7. S
    S May 29, 2013 at 6:34 am |

    I love this weirdo. Rant on!

  8. Patrick of La Verne
    Patrick of La Verne May 29, 2013 at 8:31 am |

    Vive la Bartoli!

  9. MattV
    MattV May 29, 2013 at 8:38 am |

    I really dislike Bartoli and find her playing style and on-court antics annoying at best…BUT…it is rude, crass and typically British-commentator (even when its not the Brits doing it, strangely) to claim she was “hogging” the stage or to imply everyone just wanted her to get off the court so Novak could play. Even in the unlikely event that Bartoli was stealing the spotlight, or even that everyone would rather see Novak play (also a question, obviously) – it is distasteful and disrespectful for such headlines to exist at all.

    I also don’t like Murray’s game much but I enjoy his tweeting now (classic!) and I’m pretty sure no one, especially the Brits, would EVER claim Murray was “hogging the stage”

    I just saw the double entendre there, hog-hogging. Wow, that’s pretty insulting actually.

  10. Gavin
    Gavin May 29, 2013 at 10:52 am |

    I absolutely love Marion Bartoli and this 1st round match at Roland Garros was classic Bartoli. All that fist pumping, all that constant moving around, coming in bravely on her opponent’s serve, never ever giving up despite only flashes of her best tennis. She is simply my favourite player to watch, pure theatre every time she plays. You can never be confident she will win but she will always try very hard, never stopping for a moment even when sitting down. Just brilliant and I am still on a high from her performance yesterday.

  11. RZ
    RZ May 29, 2013 at 11:51 am |

    I find Bartoli highly entertaining. A quirky personality for sure, and she can really dial it in at times so you never know what to expect with her matches.

  12. marcela
    marcela May 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm |

    My favourite Bartoli memory is Wimbledon 2007 when she got inspired 007 Pierce Brosnan in the stands and proceeded to defeat Henin.


  13. Russianista
    Russianista May 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm |

    I’m loving this. If I were Marion, I’d probably cry reading this. Thank you for standing up for a fun, fearless female. (Yep, up your ass, Cosmo.)

  14. Diane
    Diane May 29, 2013 at 7:52 pm |

    A few years ago, when the WTA had that “Are You Looking For a Hero?” campaign, the Bartoli fan site’s headline was “Are You Looking For a (Cult) Hero?”!

    Marion is the best theatre in women’s tennis. I never get tired of watching her. She’s also a very pleasant and highly articulate woman.

  15. jesna (@jesna3)
    jesna (@jesna3) May 30, 2013 at 5:15 am |

    Thank you for this one. I adore Bartoli for every little and grand thing that was listed in this post, that Reuter’s piece was a disgrace. One thing I’d like to comment on though:


    Let me be clear first: I’m not picking on a line here but reacting to a certain trend I keep seeing on Twitter, forums etc. We often ask this kind of a question (I did it myself – jokingly – yesterday, hence my musings): ‘How can you not love / admire / respect player X or player’s Y’s professionalism or player’s Z humility etc., etc.?’ For me, a quick answer would be: yes, you can. There are few things more difficult than changing the way people feel towards others, not only within tennis fandom, it applies to art, relationships, you name it. Sometimes it’s not possible because we love to defend our opinion and so our egos get in the way of any meaningful exchange of ideas. Sometimes though it’s our personality that simply doesn’t allow us to enjoy something that clearly brings others pleasure, as our taste is very different. Should convincing anyone be a goal in situations like this? If we can have a civil and empathic conversation that possibly ends in us seeing, understanding, different points of view, I call it a success, because it means learning something. There is still this ancient question ‘What is truth?’, hovering in the back of my mind, but looking for an answer, rather than necessarily finding it, is really rewarding.

  16. skip1515
    skip1515 May 30, 2013 at 11:56 am |

    No apology needed for this rant, or for shortening it, either. Spot on in every regard. Bartoli’s great, and anyone who doesn’t see that is a dinglehead. (It’d be mean to use a more violent term, and uncalled for. My sister coined dinglehead, and I think it’s really good, and fits.)

    Yes, the fidgeting is unique(-ish, water bottles and knicker-picking anyone?), but as regards her technique and form, I never heard anyone claim that Seles’ similar, two-handed style and movement reminded them of Dame Margot Fonteyn, either. I guess winning big keeps those snarky comments at bay.

    What else is new?

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