MELBOURNE, Australia -- Marion Bartoli says it's unlikely she'll play in
the 2012 London Olympics because of a "heartbreaking" dispute
with the French tennis federation.
Bartoli is France's top tennis player and is ranked No. 9. But
to compete in the Olympics, the International Tennis Federation
requires she be on good terms with her national federation and have
made herself available to play in the Fed Cup twice in the past
Bartoli has feuded with the French federation over her
independent coaching set-up with her father, who has not been
allowed to coach during the Fed Cup.
France captain Nicolas Escude
left her off the French squad last year, saying the coaching
situation made her "totally incompatible" with the team.
Bartoli had hoped for an exception from the ITF, but that's a
long shot. Barring that, she admits she has few options. She says
she doesn't have time to take her case to the Court of Arbitration
"It's really heartbreaking for me," she said after her 6-3,
6-2 victory over Jelena Dokic in the second round of the Australian
Open. "Honestly, I really do feel I have a chance to make a medal
over there and especially at Wimbledon, on grass, where I had so
much success in the past, and can't go there just for some stupid
Bartoli reached the Wimbledon final in 2007, losing to
"That's a subject that I'm trying to avoid to speak about
because just all the time, makes me really in a bad mood," she