Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli ready for comeback

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli says tennis can be a great healer for her as she prepares for her comeback after four years away from the game.

The 33-year-old retired in 2013, just months after winning at the All-England club.

Since then, she has endired a tough personal life, suffering a virus in 2016 and revealing she was involved in an abusive personal relationship.

However, she insists that she is ready to make her return, which will be with a wildcard at the WTA Tour event in Monterrey before, hopefully, Miami.

“Psychologically I suffer very much from different issues, most of them personal,” she told the Daily Telegraph.

“It’s been a very difficult part of my life. Some days are tougher than others, but tennis makes me happy.

“I feel confident between those lines. That’s why I wanted to come back again as a pro.

“I wanted to feel positive for my mental health to succeed and achieve things.

“That’s why this comeback goes beyond a simple love of the game. I think it will help me recover psychologically.

“My way of getting my life back on track is through sport, through being an athlete, through feeling adrenaline again and trying to win matches. That’s what I feel defines me.”

“At 33 I will be a bit slower than I was at 27.

“It will be more difficult to recover, too, so there are a lot of maybes and questions marks. But I feel I can be ready.”