Bartoli to miss Fed Cup tie

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iol spt feb8 Bartoli AP French number one Marion Bartoli, has pulled out the country's Fed Cup team to play Germany this weekend with 'flu, the French tennis federation said on Friday.

Limoges, France – French number one Marion Bartoli, recalled to the country's Fed Cup team to play Germany this weekend after a nine-year absence, has pulled out with flu, the French tennis federation said on Friday.

Bartoli, who is ranked 10th in the world, was unable to train on Wednesday and Thursday because of a high fever. She will be replaced by Pauline Parmentier, the FFT said in a statement.

The 28-year-old's absence from the French set-up stemmed from her insistence that her father and coach, Walter, be by her side during the competition, a demand that contravened team rules and prevented her from participating at the London Olympics.

But team captain Amelie Mauresmo persuaded her to return, without conditions.

Bartoli has only played two Fed Cup matches in her career – the last being a doubles rubber in the 2004 final that France lost to Russia.

Saturday (from 2.15pm): Pauline Parmentier (Fra) v Sabine Lisicki (Ger), Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) v Julia Goerges (Ger)

Sunday (from 2pm): Pauline Parmentier (Fra) v Julia Goerges (Ger), Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) v Sabine Lisicki (Ger), Alize Cornet/Virginie Razzano (Fra) v Julia Goerges/Anna Lena Groenefeld (Ger) – Sapa-AFP

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