Fed Cup - Bartoli finally returns to Fed Cup fold for France

Marion Bartoli, the world number 10, has returned to the French Fed Cup team after a nine-year absence.

France's top women's player has historically refused to play for her country after a string of team captains refused her father and coach Walter permission to coach Bartoli during Fed Cup weeks.

As a result Bartoli also missed out on representing her country at the Olympics.

But new team captain Amelie Mauresmo has managed to persuade Bartoli to soften her long-standing position, although the coaching ban remains.

French daily l'Equipe reported that Walter would be able to attend the upcoming World Group play-off tie against Germany, but only as a family member, and not in a coaching capacity.