“Does Not Know Anything About Tennis”: Former Wimbledon Champion Blasts Gerard Pique

Published 11/29/2021, 1:30 AM EST

Former tennis player Marion Bartoli has taken an active involvement in the game post-retirement. She has appeared as an analyst on television and interviewed players at Roland Garros as well. Bartoli was a dominant force on the WTA Tour in her playing career, winner of the 2013 Wimbledon Championship. 

Recently, the former French tennis star spoke about the ongoing Davis Cup Finals 2021. She was disappointed with the change in format as compared to the way it was carried out previously. She blasted Spanish football star and player of FC Barcelona, Gerard Pique. 

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The football player has been a key individual in proposing the change in format. Taking note of that, Marion stated, “Pique seized an opportunity but when you buy, you don’t have to slaughter him.” She added, “You don’t have to sell it for 5 years in Abu Dhabi. We are turning into the hallucinatory. These are just bad decisions. Gerard Pique does not know anything about tennis, he has never played, he does not know the history of tennis.”

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Marion Bartoli leaves no stone unturned in Pique’s case 

She accused the footballing star of not having any knowledge of tennis and that is unaware of the history of this great sport. Bartoli even felt that because of the large sums of money involved, they were ready to tamper with the culture of the sport. 

Pique is the president of Kosmos Tennis, the organization that runs the Davis Cup along with the ITF. 

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MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 19: Players of Spain line up for national anthems during Day 2 of the 2019 Davis Cup at La Caja Magica on November 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 37-year-old added, “He is someone who wants to make money around an opportunity. He could surround himself with people who know about it. The atmosphere could have been to be kept. To relaunch the Davis Cup, you keep the Home and Away, the atmosphere and you don’t do it every year. Kosmos could have done something with that idea. They preferred to make it simpler and group everything together in a city.”

Coming to tennis, during her career, Bartoli has been a successful player. She has attained the highest position of being the World No. 7 player. She even won the Wimbledon Championships and retired soon after. We wish her all the best in all her future endeavors. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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