140 Facts About Marion Bartoli


Marion Bartoli is a French former professional tennis player.


Marion Bartoli won eight WTA Tour singles and three doubles titles.


Marion Bartoli was known for her unorthodox style of play, using both hands on her forehand and backhand.


Marion Bartoli reached the quarterfinals at each of the four majors.


Marion Bartoli is one of only three players to have played at both the WTA Tour Championships and the WTA Tournament of Champions in the same year ; the other two being Kiki Bertens and Sofia Kenin.


Marion Bartoli was born on 2 October 1984 in Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire.


Marion Bartoli is of Corsican descent; her family is from Palneca, Corse-du-Sud.


Marion Bartoli was introduced to tennis by her father, Walter, when she was six years old.


When weather was sufficiently bad, they would train in an old indoor facility where there was very limited room between baseline and the wall, meaning Marion Bartoli became adept at playing inside the baseline.


Marion Bartoli devised original training methods, such as improving hand-eye coordination by using balls of different size and color, or encouraging Marion to stay on her toes by taping tennis balls to the heels of her shoes.


Marion Bartoli drove hundreds of kilometres to tournaments while she would do her homework in the back of the car.


In December 2019, Marion Bartoli married Belgian football player Yahya Boumediene.


Marion Bartoli was known for her unorthodox and intense style of play on the court.


Marion Bartoli used two hands on both the forehand and the backhand, and was generally classed as an aggressive and hard-hitting player who played primarily from the baseline.


Marion Bartoli developed her two-handed style on the advice of her father and longtime coach, Walter Bartoli.


Marion Bartoli had seen the classic 1992 French Open final in which Monica Seles defeated Steffi Graf, and immediately was inspired to teach Seles' technique to his daughter.


Marion Bartoli had previously had trouble with her forehand, but it improved significantly when she made the switch to two hands.


Marion Bartoli's game was based on power and she used her double-fisted strokes to create sharp angles to open up the court and preferred to take the ball very early on groundstrokes.


Marion Bartoli's serve was considered a weakness but her return of serve was considered to be her biggest weapon.


Marion Bartoli often stood well inside the baseline to receive serve, even on first serves, and managed to take advantage of break point opportunities.


Marion Bartoli was not a very good mover on court, a state exacerbated by her two-fisted strokes, which made her vulnerable to fast all-court players such as Agnieszka Radwanska.


Marion Bartoli did however work on her fitness and mobility throughout her career to varying success.


Marion Bartoli was known for her unusual serve, in which she used her wrist to generate speed.


Marion Bartoli changed her service motion many times over the years.


Marion Bartoli manifested unusual on-court mannerisms, such as energetically bouncing on the spot and practising racquet swings between points, and being noticeably restless during changeovers.


Marion Bartoli claimed that this was to maintain the focus needed for her intense style of play.


Marion Bartoli has denied allegations that her close relationship with her father is a public show to hide a dominating parent.


Marion Bartoli has resisted pressure to play without him, including giving up the chance to play at the Olympics in London in 2012 because she would not play in the Fed Cup without his private coaching.


In February 2013 Marion Bartoli announced that the coaching setup with her father, who had been her coach throughout her tennis career, had come to an end by mutual agreement, and stated that she would be working with physical trainer Nicolas Perrotte and former player Gabriel Urpi until she found a new coach who could take her to the next level and help her win her first Grand Slam singles title.


Marion Bartoli was coached by the former World No 1 Amelie Mauresmo, under whom she won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.


Marion Bartoli retired whilst using the Prince EXO 3 Warrior racquet.


Marion Bartoli had previously used the Prince EXO3 Black and the Prince O3 Red.


Marion Bartoli started using the 29-inch frames in 2006 and soon won her first tournament in Auckland.


Marion Bartoli started entering tournaments regularly at the age of 16.


Marion Bartoli then won her fourth ITF title in Columbus, Ohio.


Marion Bartoli followed that with a first-round exit at the French Open, losing in three sets to Ai Sugiyama.


Marion Bartoli followed that with a win over Rossana de los Rios, before losing to fourth seed Lindsay Davenport.


Marion Bartoli began 2003 by coming through the qualifying draw in the Canberra Women's Classic to reach her first WTA semifinal, where she lost to Francesca Schiavone.


At the Acura Classic, Marion Bartoli defeated her first top-20 player, Meghann Shaughnessy, before losing to Kim Clijsters in the third round.


Marion Bartoli began the season by getting to her first WTA semifinal in the season-opener in Auckland.


Marion Bartoli then got to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time, losing to 22nd-seeded Patty Schnyder.


Marion Bartoli got to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in doubles, partnering Loit for the second successive Grand Slam.


Marion Bartoli got to her third singles semifinal of the year in Cincinnati, before pulling out of her match with Lindsay Davenport with a blister on her right hand.


Marion Bartoli reached the second round of the US Open, despite being drawn against 32nd-seeded Meghann Shaughnessy in the first round.


Marion Bartoli lost to Russian Vera Dushevina in the second round.


The only match Marion Bartoli played in the clay-court season was her straight-sets first-round loss to Shahar Pe'er at the French Open.


Marion Bartoli's quarterfinal run at Eastbourne led her to a career-high ranking of No 27 at the start of Wimbledon, where she lost to Jill Craybas in the second round.


Marion Bartoli began 2007 with another second-round exit at the Australian Open, this time falling to Victoria Azarenka.


Marion Bartoli reached her first career Grand Slam fourth round at the French Open by defeating Aravane Rezai, Andrea Petkovic, and 13th seed Elena Dementieva.


Marion Bartoli reached the semifinals at Eastbourne, but lost to world No 1 Justine Henin.


Marion Bartoli lost the first set, and claimed afterwards that the reason for her turnaround in the match was seeing Pierce Brosnan in the royal box and being determined to play well in front of one of her favourite actors.


At the US Open, Marion Bartoli reached the fourth round for the first time by defeating the world No 25 Lucie Safarova, but lost to Serena Williams.


At the Tier I event in Zurich Marion Bartoli reached the quarter-finals, where she retired due to injury against Tatiana Golovin.


However, after Serena Williams withdrew, Marion Bartoli entered the event and played in the yellow group, where she lost to Justine Henin without winning a game, but defeated Jelena Jankovic after the Serbian retired.


At the Australian Open, Marion Bartoli was upset by Sofia Arvidsson after Marion Bartoli was up a break in both the second and third sets.


At the Open Gaz de France, Marion Bartoli made it to the semifinals following easy wins over Virginie Razzano and Dominika Cibulkova.


Marion Bartoli was then upset by Bethanie Mattek, suffering calf and shoulder injuries.


At the US Open, Marion Bartoli was seeded 12th and beat Galina Voskoboeva, Virginia Ruano Pascual and former champion and 23rd seed Lindsay Davenport to reach the fourth round, where she lost to 29th-seeded Sybille Bammer.


Marion Bartoli was seeded third and defeated Monika Wejnert, Melinda Czink, and Tathiana Garbin.


Marion Bartoli won her fourth career title at the Monterrey Open.


In Charleston, Marion Bartoli was seeded sixth and defeated Anastasija Sevastova, Melanie Oudin, and Melinda Czink to reach the semifinals, where she lost to eventual champion Sabine Lisicki.


At the French Open, Marion Bartoli won her opening match against fellow Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier, but was then defeated by Tathiana Garbin in the second round.


Marion Bartoli then defeated Timea Bacsinszky in the second round, but fell to Francesca Schiavone in the third.


Marion Bartoli played her first tournament of the US Open Series in Stanford as eighth seed.


Marion Bartoli won the title by defeating Ayumi Morita, Melanie Oudin, Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur in the semifinals, and second seed Venus Williams in the final, to win her second title of the year and fifth overall.


At the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Marion Bartoli was seeded 14th and reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to seventh seed Jelena Jankovic.


Marion Bartoli defeated Magdalena Rybarikova, Alisa Kleybanova, Zhang Shuai, and Vera Zvonareva.


At the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali, Marion Bartoli defeated Rybarikova, and qualified for the semifinals when she beat Shahar Pe'er.


Marion Bartoli started her year as the 11th seed at the Australian Open.


Marion Bartoli defeated Rossana de los Rios in the first round and Sandra Zahlavova in the second.


Marion Bartoli beat Maria Elena Camerin in the first round and compatriot and wildcard Olivia Sanchez in the second, but was defeated by Shahar Pe'er in the third round.


Marion Bartoli defeated Vera Dushevina, Agnes Szavay and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez to reach the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year.


Marion Bartoli defeated Julia Gorges in the first round, then moved straight into the third round after Petra Martic withdrew from the tournament with suspected injury.


Marion Bartoli reached the quarterfinals at the Cincinnati Open, after defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues, Alona Bondarenko and world No 3, Caroline Wozniacki.


Marion Bartoli managed a further quarterfinal appearance at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, where she was seeded 17th.


At her final tournament before the US Open, the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Marion Bartoli was seeded sixth and defeated Alona Bondarenko and Anastasia Rodionova to reach the quarterfinals, where she lost to fourth seed Elena Dementieva.


At the US Open, Marion Bartoli was seeded 13th and defeated Edina Gallovits in the first round.


At the Osaka Open in Japan, Marion Bartoli was seeded second behind Samantha Stosur.


Marion Bartoli reached the semifinals by defeating Julie Coin, Stefanie Vogele and Jill Craybas, then lost in the semifinal to Tamarine Tanasugarn.


Marion Bartoli kicked off her 2011 season at the Brisbane International.


Marion Bartoli was seeded fourth and reached the semifinals, where she was defeated by Andrea Petkovic.


Marion Bartoli was top seeded at the Hobart International in her first appearance at the tournament.


Marion Bartoli lost to fifth seed Klara Zakopalova in the quarterfinals.


Marion Bartoli was seeded 15th at the Australian Open, where she defeated Tathiana Garbin in the first round without losing a game.


Marion Bartoli lost against Vesna Manasieva is the second round, though Bartoli suffered an injury in the first set.


At the Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, Marion Bartoli was unseeded but reached the semifinals, where she lost to world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki.


Marion Bartoli was seeded 2nd at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, where she reached the quarterfinals and lost to fifth seed Lucie Safarova.


Marion Bartoli was the top seed at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, and reached the final where she faced 2nd seed Andrea Petkovic.


Marion Bartoli moved into the quarterfinals after Gisela Dulko retired during their fourth round match.


Marion Bartoli beat 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.


Marion Bartoli then moved past third seed Victoria Azarenka when Azarenka retired during their match due to a thigh injury.


Marion Bartoli reached the semifinals for the fifth straight year and beat seventh seed Samantha Stosur.


Marion Bartoli then beat eighth seed Petra Kvitova to win the title.


Marion Bartoli defeated Czech qualifier Kristyna Pliskova in the first round, Lourdes Dominguez Lino in the second, and 21st seed Flavia Pennetta in the third.


Marion Bartoli then defeated defending champion and grass-court veteran Serena Williams in the fourth round.


Marion Bartoli described beating Williams as the greatest win of her life.


At Stanford, where Marion Bartoli was seeded third, she reached the final after Ayumi Morita, her opponent in the quarterfinals, retired, and Dominika Cibulkova, her opponent in the semifinals, withdrew.


Marion Bartoli won her opening two rounds, defeating Anastasia Rodionova and Klara Zakopalova, before losing to Petra Cetkovska in the quarterfinals.


At the Osaka Open, Marion Bartoli defeated Melinda Czink, Vania King, sixth seed Ayumi Morita, and third seed Angelique Kerber to reach the final.


Marion Bartoli took the title by defeating top seed and US Open champion Samantha Stosur.


Marion Bartoli finished the year ninth in the race to the Year End Championships in Istanbul, thus earning a place as the first alternate player.


Marion Bartoli reached 15 quarterfinals, eight semifinals, and five finals, and won two titles, resulting in her best year financially, earning $1,722,863 in tournament prize money.


Marion Bartoli competed for France alongside Richard Gasquet in the Hopman Cup.


Marion Bartoli reached the quarterfinals of her first WTA tournament of the year in Sydney and was seeded eighth.


At the Australian Open, Marion Bartoli defeated compatriot Virginie Razzano in the first round and Jelena Dokic in the second round.


Marion Bartoli received a bye into the second round, then defeated Petra Martic, Roberta Vinci and Klara Zakopalova to reach the final, which she lost to Angelique Kerber.


In Doha, Marion Bartoli was seeded fifth and advanced to the semifinals by defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues, Tsvetana Pironkova, and Lucie Safarova.


Marion Bartoli retired due to an injury against third seed Samantha Stosur in the semifinals.


At Indian Wells, Marion Bartoli reached the quarterfinals by defeating Varvara Lepchenko, Chanelle Scheepers, and Lucie Safarova.


Marion Bartoli was seeded eighth at the French Open, where she was defending semifinal points from the previous year.


Marion Bartoli defeated qualifier Karolina Pliskova in the first round, but in the second round was upset by Petra Martic.


At Eastbourne, Marion Bartoli defeated Sorana Cirstea, Aleksandra Wozniak, and Lucie Safarova to reach the semifinals, where she was defeated by eventual champion Tamira Paszek.


Marion Bartoli's run ended with a loss to Mirjana Lucic in the second round.


At the Carlsbad Open in California, Marion Bartoli was the top-seed.


Marion Bartoli did not compete in the London Olympics, refusing to play in the Fed Cup without the coaching of her father.


At the New Haven Open, Marion Bartoli reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to Sara Errani.


Marion Bartoli reached her first US Open quarterfinals in 2012, where she upset fifth seed Petra Kvitova in the fourth round ; that performance marked a quarterfinals-or-better finish in all four Grand Slams for Marion Bartoli.


Marion Bartoli started the 2013 season by participating in a new tournament, the Shenzhen Open.


Marion Bartoli was seeded second and reached the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by fifth seed Klara Zakopalova.


Marion Bartoli reached the third round, where she was defeated by the 19th seed Ekaterina Makarova.


At the Open GdF Suez in Paris, Marion Bartoli reached the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by German and eventual champion Mona Barthel.


Marion Bartoli entered her first tournament without her father acting as her coach at the Qatar Total Open, where she was seeded ninth.


Marion Bartoli lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round.


Marion Bartoli defeated Olga Govortsova in the first round, qualifier Mariana Duque Marino in the second, but lost to Francesca Schiavone in the third.


Marion Bartoli defeated Elina Svitolina in the first round, Christina McHale in the second, Camila Giorgi in the third, and Karin Knapp in the fourth.


Marion Bartoli won the match in straight sets for her first and only Grand Slam title.


Marion Bartoli did not drop a set in the entire tournament.


Marion Bartoli became the female player who participated in the most Grand Slam tournaments before winning one, as this was her 47th such tournament.


In December 2013, Marion Bartoli was chosen as the 2013 RTL Champion of Champions, ahead of Teddy Tamgho and Tony Parker, by RTL.


Marion Bartoli was chosen as the L'Equipe Champion of Champions in December 2013.


In 2014, Marion Bartoli played for the Austin Aces' inaugural season in the World TeamTennis.


Rumours of a possible comeback circulated again in October 2017 after Marion Bartoli was spotted training at the French Tennis Federation but were later denied by the Frenchwoman.


In December 2017, Marion Bartoli announced her return to the professional tour, and she stated she hoped to be back for the Miami Open in March 2018.


Marion Bartoli played Tie Break Tens in New York in March 2018, but lost in the first round to Serena Williams.


In June 2018, after numerous delays and setbacks, Marion Bartoli announced she would be unable to continue her comeback plans, as a result of ongoing and continual injuries.


In October 2019, Marion Bartoli began coaching former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko at the tournament in Linz.


When Marion Bartoli started working with Ostapenko she was 76th in the world WTA rankings, she helped her get back into the top 20 WTA.


Marion Bartoli lost the first six meetings between the pair, including the second round of the 2007 Australian Open, the final of the 2009 Brisbane International and all four matches they played against each other 2010.


Marion Bartoli won their first meeting in 2005 at Auckland in three sets.


Marion Bartoli won the next four, including a victory in 2007 at Wimbledon where she went on to reach the final, and a win at the 2009 Australian Open when Jankovic was ranked world No 1.