When you are the No.9 ranked tennis player in the world you can do whatever you want… including kicking your parents out of Wimbledon. Marion Bartoli did just that during her match between Flavia Pennetta. Bartoli defended herself saying she grew frustrated after she fell to Pennetta 3-4 in the final set and needed a way to get out her anger.
It must have worked because Bartoli rallied to win and will now face Serena Williams in the fourth round. “I don’t remember exactly what I said but I think it was really clear,” Bartoli said, “I just had to let go my frustrations and express myself in some way. I could have done something else stupid, but whatever.”
Bartoli’s father left his job as a doctor to coach his daughter, so this wasn’t a moment he had been waiting for or anything. Still, Bartoli wanted to avoid any controversy after she received illegal coaching advice in the second round.
“I was so tired and exhausted that really I had to express my emotions somehow. I saw them right after the match, my parents, and they completely understood.”