Former Wimbledon Champion Concerned in BBC Controversy Seems Unrecognizable from Tennis Profession

THIS Wimbledon champion now seems to be unrecognisable a decade on from her triumph on the All England Membership.

The participant introduced her retirement again in 2013, only one month after she claimed her first and solely Grand Slam title.

This former champion was seen at Wimbledon final 12 monthsCredit score: Getty

Her blonde hair makes her look incredibly different a decade on

Her blonde hair makes her look extremely completely different a decade onCredit score: AFP

It was as a lot of a shock as her Wimbledon victory – which she achieved because the No15 seed.

A semi-final defeat within the 2011 French Open had been her finest end earlier than Wimbledon.

She additionally boasted a quarter-final US Open run in 2012 and a last-eight end on the Australian Open in 2009.

The participant in query is Marion Bartoli.

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These days, Bartoli is seen as a pundit at varied tennis occasions.

And he or she was current at Wimbledon final 12 months as the ladies’s singles title was gained by Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina.

Bartoli now has blonde hair which makes her look very completely different.

And he or she usually wows followers in unbelievable outfits – such because the pink costume she wore whereas attending a dinner within the UAE final 12 months.

After her Wimbledon win, she was caught up in a storm when John Inverdale commented on her look.

Talking on the BBC – who Bartoli has subsequently labored for as a pundit – Inverdale mentioned: “I simply surprise if her dad, as a result of he has clearly been essentially the most influential individual in her life, did say to her when she was 12, 13, 14 possibly, ‘Hear, you’re by no means going to be, you already know, a looker.

“‘You’re by no means going to be any individual like a [Maria] Sharapova, you’re by no means going to be 5ft 11, you’re by no means going to be any individual with lengthy legs, so you need to compensate for that.

“‘You’re going to should be essentially the most dogged, decided fighter that anybody has ever seen on the tennis court docket if you’re going to make it’.

“And he or she type of is.”

Inverdale subsequently despatched Bartoli a letter of apology, with the Wimbledon winner saying on the time: “It doesn’t matter, truthfully.

“I’m not blonde, sure. That could be a reality. Have I dreamt about having a mannequin contract? No. I’m sorry.

“However have I dreamed about profitable Wimbledon? Completely, sure.”

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Inverdale mirrored on the incident the next 12 months, saying: “I used to be horrified for Marion.

“I perceive how arduous sports activities stars work to get to the highest, and at her second of triumph the very last thing she needed was some fool distraction.”

Marion Bartoli won the women's singles title at Wimbledon 10 years ago

Marion Bartoli gained the ladies’s singles title at Wimbledon 10 years in the pastCredit score: Information Group Newspapers Ltd

She was the No15 seed when she won the Grand Slam

She was the No15 seed when she gained the Grand SlamCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty