Marion Bartoli set to miss Olympics
Marion Bartoli is resigned to missing the Summer Olympics at Wimbledon, where she has had a lot of success. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Marion Bartoli doesn't look like she'll resolve her long-running dispute with the French tennis federation over her father's coaching role anytime soon. That means France's best chance at a medal in women's singles won't be able to play at the Summer Olympics in London.
Bartoli, ranked seventh and the only Frenchwoman in the top 50, needs to be on good terms with her federation and participate in Fed Cup in order to be eligible for the Olympics. But the FFT does not allow its players to use non-federation coaches in Fed Cup, and Bartoli -- who has not played in the team competition since 2004 -- has insisted that she cannot compete without her father serving as her coach. Despite support from France's Ministry of Sport, Bartoli said the federation is standing firm and she doesn't expect to play in the Games at Wimbledon in July.
"I think I will be more sure to play the Olympics inside my home garden putting in the nets on my own grass than play the real one in Wimbledon," Bartoli joked.
Bartoli said she doesn't plan to appeal the FFT's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"I'm strong but I do feel like I do not have the strength to handle all of that," she said. "It's a huge process and it takes so long and you have to go to Lausanne [Switzerland] and do your appeal and everything. I don't feel I have the time and the strength. I'm fully committed to my hard work and training and I just can't commit myself to another thing."
Bartoli's absence from London will be a significant blow to the women's tournament. Her flat-hitting game has always been suited for the grass at Wimbledon, where she upset Justine Henin to reach the 2007 final and knocked off Serena Williams as part of a quarterfinal run last year. As it is, Bartoli might have to watch the festivities from home. "If I don't [play in London], then I will play the Wii and feel like it's the same," Bartoli said, laughing.