Former tennis champion Marion Bartoli reaches back over weight loss abuse

Former Tennis Champion Marion Bartoli Reaches Back Over Weight Loss Abuse

Retired Wimbledon winner repudiates claims she has eating disorder and says horrendous virus induces her unable to eat most food

Former Tennis Champion Marion Bartoli Reaches Back Over Weight Loss Abuse

The former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has hit back at internet trolls who have targeted her over her dramatic weight loss, saying she fears for her life after contracting a mystery virus.

Bartoli, 31, has been the victim of online abuse and suggestions that she has an eating disorder after losing up to 5st( 30 kg) since she won the tournament in 2013.

However, in an interview with ITVs This Morning on Thursday, the Frenchwoman said physicians had diagnosed her with a virus they were unable to identify. It has left her unable to eat anything other than organic salad foliages and built her hypersensitive to tap water and electrical devices.

Its utterly horrendous, she said. My life right now is an absolute nightmare. What I am going through, I wouldnt wish it on[ anyone ].

I cant even cleaned myself with tap water … I cant be on my phone for more than five minutes as my heart starts to pump … Every time I do something, Im scared to see the reaction to my body, its a constant fear.

Im reduced to eating organic salad leaves with cucumber without the skin, because my body cant even process the scalp. She said she would begin treatment for the condition on Monday.

Asked if she feared death, she said: Yes, of course, because maybe one day my heart is going to stop … but my passion and love for life is keeping me going.

Refuting suggestions she has an eating disorder, Bartoli said: I love to eat and drink, I love life and I want to be alive.

She said she had chosen to speak out because of the many negative tweets she had received. Thats why I wanted to come here and explain to them. Maybe there are other people around the world suffering the same, and maybe we can all join and be supportive.

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Marion Bartoli on the path to winning the Wimbledon ladies singles title in 2013. Photo: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

Bartoli found herself at the centre of a sexism cyclone when she won Wimbledon. BBC commentator John Inverdale suggested she had dedicated herself to tennis because she was never going to be a looker. Inverdale later apologised for his ham-fisted comments.

Bartoli , now a commentator, had been due to play an invitation doubles match at Wimbledon this week. However, tournament officials replaced her over very concerned about her health.

She said she had initially put her weight loss down to going back to a healthy lifestyle after retiring from tennis, but that her health had degenerated in recent months.

Bartoli believes she contracted the virus in India. I started to feel worse and worse. As the weeks were passing my body was refusing more and more things.

I hope and pray the doctors will be able to treat me As a Wimbledon champion, Im trying to fight my hardest to survive. I want people to understand that I dont do[ this] to myself on purpose; this is what Im going through and its perfectly horrendous.

Serena Williams, who will defend her Wimbledon title in Saturdays lady final, pay homage to Bartoli for speaking out about her illness.

I was really proud to hear she did say something, said Williams. She took it upon herself to recognise what shes been fighting through. I truly admire anyone that is courageous like that.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

Former Tennis Champion Marion Bartoli Reaches Back Over Weight Loss Abuse
Former Tennis Champion Marion Bartoli Reaches Back Over Weight Loss Abuse
Former Tennis Champion Marion Bartoli Reaches Back Over Weight Loss Abuse
Former Tennis Champion Marion Bartoli Reaches Back Over Weight Loss Abuse
Former Tennis Champion Marion Bartoli Reaches Back Over Weight Loss Abuse

Former Tennis Champion Marion Bartoli Reaches Back Over Weight Loss Abuse

Former Tennis Champion Marion Bartoli Reaches Back Over Weight Loss Abuse

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