Yesterday, I noted that Marion Bartoli was picked to be on the French Fed Cup team for France's upcoming match against China. I also noted that some type of agreement must have been made between French Fed Cup captain Georges Goven and Bartoli, regarding the presence of Bartoli's father/coach at Fed Cup matches. I was wrong. What happened was that Goven picked Bartoli for the team, knowing that she may still refuse because Dr. Bartoli cannot accompany her.
It gets worse: Goven also picked Amelie Mauresmo for the upcoming match, and she does not want to play because she thinks she should concentrate on getting her game back after all of the illness and injury that she has endured. Who can blame her?
Refusing to play in Fed Cup when one is asked to means that a player cannot be considered for participation in the Olympics. According to Goven, that is fine with Bartoli, but there is no word about how silver medal winner Mauresmo feels about it.