x-professional tennis player and French sports speaker Marion Bartoli was born on October 2nd 1984 and made her professional debut in 2000. With a number of notable victories and runner-up trophies garnered over the next decade Bartoli retired in 2013 to focus on her work as a tennis speaker and charity fundraiser.
Formerly the French number 1 female tennis professional Marion Bartoli participated in a variety of international tennis competitions including the legendary Wimbledon Singles Championship and the Women’s Tennis Associations Singles. Known for making the runner up position at Wimbledon in 2007 Bartoli took first place in the 2013 competition, ending her career on a high as world no. 7. Now working as a tennis speaker Marion Bartoli appears at sporting conferences and private events across Europe and is well known for her participation in a number of charitable events, most notably her role in Sam Branson’s Big Change Trust.
In her work as a sports speaker Marion Bartoli discusses the positive impact sports and tennis can have upon children, tying directly into her work with underprivileged, ill and disabled children. She discusses the challenges of professional sport and the dedication and determination required to succeed at tennis as well as achieving personal goals. Marion frequently attends after dinner speaker events for some of her favourite charities and considers improving the lives and futures of children one of the most worthwhile thing anyone can do.
Known for her distinctive playing style Marion Bartoli began playing tennis at a young age and frequently trained outside in inhospitable conditions, her unorthodox two-handed playing style helped to make of Bartoli’s matches all the more tense and exciting and, in spite of her unusual style, Bartoli successfully defeated some of the greatest female tennis players of her generation.
Boasting the successful defeat of Justine Henin in the semi-final of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, Jelena Janković in the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Open, and Victoria Azarenka in the quarter finals of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, Bartoli is an inspiring sports icon and tennis speaker.
Since retiring to become an after dinner speaker Marion has also given much of her time to worthy and charitable organizations. In 2014 Marion Bartoli took part in the STRIVE Challenge alongside Sam Branson, Justin Packshaw and Noah Devereux, where she and her companions raised an impressive £750K for the Big Change Trust by running, cycling, rowing and hiking from London to the top of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Marion’s success as both a sports person and her dedication to her charitable commitments demonstrate her own personal strength and determination, making her an excellent role model for young people across the world.
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