Reigning Wimbledon women's champion Marion Bartoli has been announced as the latest player to join the line-up at this year’s Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament.
The feisty Frenchwoman, who is as known off the court as she is on both for her fashion sense and wide -ranging interests, will join Greg Rusedski and Virginia Wade to headline the tournament in June at its new venue, Liverpool Cricket Club.
Bartoli, who is renowned for her unusual playing style, beat German Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the 2013 Wimbledon final and she became only the sixth player in the Open era to win a Wimbledon title without dropping a set.
The 29-year-old’s relatively short career has also seen her reach the final at the 2011 French Open, and earn seven Women’s Tennis Association singles wins, defeating three reigning world Number One players.
Tickets for the tournament are on sale now. It runs from June 19-22.