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"To prove to myself that I’m alive." Marion Bartoli interviewed by @sophiedorgan about her illness, being gaslit in a toxic relationship, and the profound reasons for her comeback

My translation of the interview with Marion Bartoli by Sophie Dorgan in l’Équipe, print edition, Tuesday, January 9, 2017, pages 2-3.

After spending Christmas and New Year with her family, Marion Bartoli returned to the National Training Centre (NTC) to prepare for her return, forecast first for March 7 at Madison Square Garden for an exhibition against the Williams sisters, then officially at Miami on March 21. 1,900 more words


Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli announces shock return to tennis after retiring four years ago

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced that she will return to tennis in 2017, after four years in retirement.

The 33-year-old quit the sport in August 2013 – mere weeks after winning her only Grand Slam title – citing persistent injury problems but she has now decided to make a shock return. 257 more words


'Man up' and the fine lines of masculinity and commitment

The final of Wimbledon and Federer’s historic eighth Wimbledon win. But somehow this was overshadowed by Cilic being ‘weak’ and ‘pathetic’. People tore Cilic apart for crying on court, as devastation hit him because he couldn’t play to his very best. 482 more words