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Published 10/07/2013 | 17:00

Comments made on the BBC about Marion Bartoli have sparked protest
Comments made on the BBC about Marion Bartoli have sparked protest

NOT being a huge tennis fan, I was surprised to learn that being a tall leggy blonde is as important as the ability to hit a ball if you want to be a Grand Slam champion.

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In my naivete, I thought athleticism, training and natural talent were the most important factors when it comes to the success of professional tennis players. Luckily, BBC Wimbledon commentator John Inverdale has belatedly disabused me of my embarrassing ignorance.

Speaking on Saturday, after Marion Bartoli won the women's singles title in decisive fashion, Inverdale mused that the French woman has overcome an appalling disability – her appearance – to rise to greatness.

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