Each day this week we will be casting our memory back over 2013 to bring you the best moments from another fantastic year in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas’ rich history.
It had been a long time coming, and it took the captaincy of Amelie Mauresmo to make it happen, but 2013 saw the return of Marion Bartoli to the French Fed Cup team after an absence of nine years from the competition.
Bartoli, who won the 2013 Wimbledon singles title earlier this year before stunning the tennis world by announcing her retirement in August, had been scheduled to make her long-awaited return to the French fold for the first round tie against Germany in February.
However, illness ruled out her participation against Julia Goerges and co, so fans had to wait until the World Group II play-offs against Kazakhstan in April to see the then world No. 14 don the red, white and blue tracksuit of the French team.
Bartoli didn’t disappoint once she did take to the court, with two comprehensive victories over Galina Voskoboeva and Yaroslava Shvedova to set up the platform on which France could build its 4-1 triumph against Kazakhstan to maintain its place in the Top 16 nations in the world.
Her return may have been short-lived, but her influence on the younger members of the French team is sure to have had a lasting impact.