Wednesday 11 December 2019

Tennis star labelled 'never going to be a looker' by BBC commentator shocks fans with dramatic weight loss

Callum Davis

Marion Bartoli's extreme weight loss has prompted a number of tennis fans to express their concern for the former Wimbledon champion's health.

The French tennis star has lost over two stone in weight over a three year period thanks to a combination of strict dieting and exercise.

Bartoli found herself at the centre of controversy three years ago when she was disparagingly described as 'never going to be a looker' by BBC tennis presenter, John Inverdale.

Inverdale apologised for the comments which were made during an interview on BBC Five Live ahead of Bartoli's Wimbledon final against Sabine Lasicki.

Bartoli shrugged off the offensive description saying the comments "didn't matter," but the 31-year-old has since undergone a dramatic physical transformation which some people have described as "unhealthy."

A diet without sugar, gluten, dairy and salt has helped Bartoli achieve her new shape. Bartoli was in attendance at the French Open in her capacity as tennis broadcaster for French television and fans took to Twitter to voice their shock at her new slender appearance.

Bartoli defended her physique in an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe in December last year.

"I'm not thin. I'm muscular and fit and I've always taken care of my diet."

While she maintains she is comfortable with her current condition, Bartoli admitted she would not be able to play professional tennis with her new physique.

"I lost a lot of muscle mass and adapted my lifestyle to what was my profession. With my current weight I could never hit the ball with the left and right my two hands. "

The now retired tennis champion revealed the details of her strict weekly workout regime in an interview with You magazine.

"I used to eat more carbohydrates and drink sugary drinks on the court. Now I eat vegetables, salads, grains and protein shakes to give me energy for the gym.

"Everyone makes comments: they say you're too skinny, you're too this, you're too that. If you start to think about what other people think you'll never be able to please everybody and never be happy with yourself.

"I'm very happy with myself because I am the way I want to be."

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