“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi said. Marion Bartoli’s role model off the court is Mahatma Gandhi and they share the same birthday, October 2nd. Today she won her first Wimbledon. This French young lady began competing at 16 and was coached by her father, Walter, until recently they decided that she should find another coach. She is 28 and lives in Geneva, Switzerland. She’s won over $8M in prize money while competing but I’m sure this win is the most important to her. She’s known for using a two-handed style like Monica Seles. Her parents were both in medicine and her brother is serving in the French Military. She loves animals, especially her cat Calinette.
- Marion Bartoli is Wimbledon’s most unlikely champion (ftw.usatoday.com)
- Marion Bartoli wins maiden Wimbledon crown in one-sided final against Sabine Lisicki (metro.co.uk)