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Tennis: Bartoli's father back coaching French number one

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French number one Marion Bartoli, who has tried out two different coaching formats in the last month, is back in the care of former long time coach, her father Walter.

Bartoli, ranked 14th in the world, was coached by her father since he introduced her to the game at the age of six until the pair split after 20 years in February.

Since then she has called on the services of former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna and Iwona Kuczynska to prepare for last month's tournament at Indian Wells, and French coach Gerald Bremond.

But on Thursday, Walter Bartoli told L'Equipe.fr: "Yes I can confirm to you that Marion and I are back on the path of coaching."

His announcement comes 24 hours after Bremond ended his link-up with the player after just two weeks.

Her father added that he and his daughter, a former Wimbledon finalist, were on the hunt for "a third person who can come and complete our team".

In February, Bartoli revealed how tough it had been to split with her father, saying: "I felt maybe at this stage of my career, when I have so much experience, I could maybe try a little bit more my way or differently."

Having introduced her to the game as a toddler he helped fashion her rare double-handed style on both forehand and backhand.

After climbing back into the WTA top ten in January, Bartoli has slipped to 14th following disappointing results in Miami and Monterrey.

She is due to compete for France in next week's Fed Cup tie against Kazakhstan, her first appearance in the competition after an eight-year absence

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