Marion Bartoli retired from tennis in August this year following a career spanning 13 years.
Before hanging up the racket the Former French number one claimed 8 WTA Tour titles and ended her career on a high note winning this year’s Wimbledon.
Euronews caught up with the 29-year-old at the Sportel convention in Monaco.
euronews: How do you feel now that you have retired?
Bartoli: It’s going very well thank you. I am keeping very busy, I have a lot of projects in the pipeline that will be announced soon. My days are very busy and very long but I’m happy because I do things that I love, very interesting things, it’s an ideal life at the moment.
euronews: How do you feel following your fabulous win at Wimbledon?
Bartoli: I feel that it was an exceptional way to end my career. I achieved what I always wanted to achieve to have that trophy in my hands. My childhood dream came true. It was a wonderful gift.
euronews: Tell us about why you adopted the unusual style of playing a double-handed back hand and a double-handed forehand similar to Monica Seles.
Bartoli: Nothing is more boring than to be the same as the person next to you. I played in a different way, with my own personal style. I think my fans worldwide liked it. But with that said I think people most appreciated the fact that I started from the lowest level and reached the top. I worked hard and if you believe in yourself you can realise you dream, nothing is impossible. This is what has touched so many of my fans.
euronews: Concerning your retirement, was it because you were plagued with injuries or was there something else behind the decision?
Bartoli: It was the injuries. I had suffered since the start of the year and even at Wimbledon it was bad. I started to spent more time with my physiotherapist than on court or training. My body was unable to withstand more than 45-50 minutes of play without it bothering me or without it being really painful.
euronews: Does it help or hinder to be trained for such a long time by your father?
Bartoli: He helped me get to where I got to in the world of tennis. I changed the format to win Wimbledon. My dad was there but only as my dad to support me from the crowd, but even if the team I had after my dad was great my dad was the one who lifted me to the level I was. He was with me during the most important moments of my life.
euronews: Who are the players you most liked to play against ?
Bartoli: Everyone. But of course Serena Williams because she was the ultimate challenge but really all of them were important. I am lucky to have played against players from different generations. Lindsay Davenport, Jenifer Capriati, Serena, Amelie (Mauresmo), Justine (Henin) and Kim (Clijsters). All of those players force you to lift your own game level and I was lucky to beat them too so it was very special.
euronews: I have read somewhere you would like to become a minister for sport and youth. Is this true?
Bartoli: To be a minister is one of the most important jobs. If they ask me I will accept it but it is not one of my objectives, I don’t wake up very morning thinking that I want to become a minister.