2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli believes Caroline Garcia could still do some great things.
Garcia, 28, made her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal in 2017 and her career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world came in 2018.
Garcia’s game has taken a step back in the last few years as she is now ranked at No. 74 in the world.
“I think Caroline can still achieve something great. I am convinced of it. She has exceptional qualities, even if she is a bit fragile mentally. I regret that she was often criticized in these choices and in keeping her father as a coach. Rather than criticizing her, we should have encouraged and supported her. I think this situation weakened him while in my case, the critics galvanized me. We do not react in the same way depending on the situation. Personally, I fed off that. At the moment the film about the life of the Williams sisters is released, I don’t think a journey like that could have happened in France. I regret it, but I also know what I’m talking about,” Bartoli said, per We Love Tennis.
Bartoli was coached by her father
Bartoli decided to make a change prior to 2013 Wimbledon as she went there alone — even without her father.
“No, because I am a born loner,” Bartoli said, when asked if it was too hard to be alone. “When I wanted to watch the end of the matches on TV, in my room, I could. I did not have to dress up and “pretend”. No need to go to the restaurant or waste my time chit-chatting. I was in my bubble, and I could focus on basic daily things: getting up, moving my shoulder as smoothly as possible, then moving my Achilles as smoothly as possible… I felt better every day, I improved the way I moved on the court match after match. Obviously, I was getting more and more self-confident, too.”