Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli (doesn't that have a nice sound?) will not be playing for her country when France plays Italy laster this month in Fed Cup competition. Team captain Georges Goven has reportedly denied Bartoli a spot on the team because she asked to have her father/coach accompany her. The team will consist of Amelie Mauresmo, Tatiana Golovin, Nathalie Dechy, and Severine Bremond.
Meanwhile, Flavia Pennetta reportedly will not play for Italy because she lost in the first round of Wimbledon. Pennetta has struggled to get her old form back after a long injury layoff, but has been doing better lately. Considering that Bartoli was Pennetta's first round opponent at Wimbledon, one can hardly call her early exit a disgrace.