French Fed Cup captain Amelie Mauresmo tells Sport24 that it’s unlikely that Marion Bartoli will return to the team. Bartoli has consistently refused to follow team rules that exclude parents or private coaches from taking major coaching roles during Fed Cup weeks. As a result, Bartoli, who is coached by her father Walter, has only played one tie in her entire career (in 2004). Bartoli was also left off of the 2012 Olympic team.
“A lot has been exchanged to see what the conditions would favor her return to French team,” Mauresmo said. “But it was quickly realized that Marion’s way is inconsistent with the collective operation. … I will not go into the details, but [Walter’s presence] is actually one of the problem areas. … Obviously, I want her to be part of the team. She would definitely be an asset. We’ll see how things evolve.”