Bartoli feels positive, but admits she must improve fitness

by: Matt Cronin | February 22, 2013

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Marion Bartoli says she is confident that her new team can help her achieve her goals. The 11th-ranked Frenchwoman is currently working with Fed Cup captain Amelie Mauresmo as well as the former No. 1’s one-time trainer, Xavier Moreau. But Bartoli added that she also needs to add a full-time coach to her team. She is no longer traveling with her father and longtime coach Walter.

“I haven’t felt as good on a tennis court in a long time,” Bartoli told Supersport. “Amelie’s going to be probably my main coach -- for some tournaments, the big ones, at least. Then of course I need to find someone else, because a year is not only made by a Grand Slam and Indian Wells and Miami. It’s a lot of tournaments every week, and I need someone with me every week.”

The former Wimbledon finalist added that she has to improve her fitness if she is going to be able to compete with the game’s best.

“It will take a lot more hours in the gym, outside, running, losing weight,” she said. “But I’m ready and I think I’m in the right hands. If you want to be inside the Top 10, if you want to have the trophies and achieve something, you have to be fit enough to run for three hours, and next day be on court and do it again -- and again and again. For some players it’s easier because they are naturally physically stronger than me, because they have parents who have been champions or whatever. I don’t have that; I know it. It has been always my weakness, in a way.”

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