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SBD Global/July 8, 2013/Media
Pressure Mounts On BBC After Presenter Criticizes Marion Bartoli's Appearance
Published July 8, 2013
BARTOLI NOT BOTHERED: The HERALD SCOTLAND reported Bartoli said that "she would not let comments about her appearance from a senior BBC presenter spoil the greatest day of her life." Bartoli said, "It doesn't matter, honestly. I am not blonde, yes. That is a fact. Have I dreamt about having a model contract? No. I'm sorry. But have I dreamed about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely, yes." Inverdale told his listeners he poked fun at the player's looks "in a nice way." He added, "She is an incredible role model for people who aren't born with all the attributes of natural athletes" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 7/7). In London, Esther Addley reported in remarks to French journalists, Bartoli added that "she wanted the BBC man to come and see her at the traditional end-of-Wimbledon ball in London." Bartoli said, "Good, I invite this journalist to come and see me this evening in ball gown and heels, and in my opinion he could change his mind" (GUARDIAN, 7/7).