Despite her reservations about Konta’s grass-court prowess and resilience under duress, Bartoli says there is much to admire about her game.
“I’ve commentated on a lot of her matches, especially when she won [the] Miami [Open] earlier this year,” said the Frenchwoman, who was speaking at the annual Boodles event for past tennis masters in Cheshire.
But amid all the fist-pumping and back-slapping, there wasn’t a single mention of his looks.
Not one commentator ventured that Murray wasn’t attractive enough to hold the Queen’s Club trophy aloft, or mused on whether his parents had raised him to believe he was the most handsome boy in Dunblane.
I think she loves to play more in the shadow,” Bartoli told “I don’t think she loves the spotlight particularly, so I think that will be a big test for her.
I don’t think grass is her best surface, either, so I would not put her as a favourite.
Before she was doing one interview a week, but now she’s probably doing 25 a day. You have to stay really down to earth with your routine and what you have to do on the court.
“When you start to do too much off the court, that’s when your tennis begins to get damaged.
“I think she’s very studied, she’s very concentrated on the court.
You can see how smart she is outside of the court and she really translates that on the court as well.
hen Andy Murray won the Aegon tennis championships last week, he was universally declared the ‘King of Queens’.
It was a fitting tribute for the man who’d smashed all expectations to claim the tournament title for a record breaking fifth time.
She says Konta must harness the support of the British crowd and be more aggressive with her groundstrokes if she has to have a shot at Wimbledon glory.