Tenaciously Tennis

Bartoli and Tsonga Succeed in Separate Ways; Rezai Anxiously Rests

There’s a lot going on for the French players at Roland Garros this year: epic matches, angry words, problems with officials. A lot of this conflict, however, is being resolved.

Marion Bartoli in her own form of conflict resolution took the higher road in her recent media debate with compatrio Aravane Rezai with the following statements:

“I think it’s really important to stay with what I said. I said it’s obvious Rezai had some really great results in the past few weeks,” said Bartoli. “I think there is nothing negative that I said about her or game or whatever.

“I have no animosity against Aravane. It’s good we have as many French players. If others, Alize, could come back, that would be a driving factor for me. I take it as a motivating factor. It helps me focus, practice, and try and improve every day. I think that’s the most important.

“I have absolutely no animosity whatsoever against Aravane, and I’m delighted she won Madrid. The further she goes, the happier I am.”

These statements are heroic. They present a mature tennis player, who wants nothing more than her compatriot to succeed. This in many ways sheds a new light on the often misunderstood Bartoli and should endear her to more fans in the future. I know it worked for me.

Tsonga, too, has succeeded in his own way. His: being the last Frenchman standing on the ATP tour with his recent win over Thiemo De Bakker 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-4. Yet again, Tsonga has played a difficult match. But for him to keep continuing to win is to be applauded. We’ll see how far he can go with the weight of France on his shoulders.

Rezai, too, has her own battle to fight. This time being tied at 7-all in the third set of her match against Russia’s Nadia Petrova before play was stopped. It’s a difficult place to stop, no doubt. Maybe she can take a few pointers from Gael Monfils, who was in the same situation just days ago. However, Rezai might want to try winning, contrary to her compatriot’s result. While she’s at it, it’d be a good idea to send some good press along to Bartoli, whose words were sincere and apologetic.


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