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Marion Bartoli: What she said, really meant and definitely did not


Marion Bartoli at the 2009 US Open

What she said:

“Something is not going well for me here in Toronto.”

Marion Bartoli has no real excuses for her early exit at the Rogers Cup bowing out to Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan. This is the second time Bartoli crashed out in the first round here; she lost to Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine in 2009.

What she really meant:

“I definitely can’t say that things are going swimmingly well for me in Montreal, can I?”

What she definitely didn’t:

“I’m not coming back unless I get a first round bye next year.”

Brad Gilbert: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


BG - Agassi and Roddick's old coach

What he said:

“He hasn’t lost a stitch of hair. He plays young."

Brad Gilbert is astounded how Federer keeps on playing the game with the zest and zeal of a much younger man.

What he really meant:

“He’s got all his hair, he’s not been injured much and he has 16 majors. You say he’s old?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“The more hairy or hirsute you are, the better the player you’ll be.”

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