Marion Bartoli, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Marion Bartoli among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Marion Bartoli is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the tennis player's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 24/06/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Bartoli for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 36-year-old tennis player, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Bartoli so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the tennis player have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Le Puy-en-Velay Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Le Puy-en-Velay (Marion Bartoli's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the tennis player was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Marion Bartoli Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 23 Jun 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveMarion”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 23 Jun 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Marion Bartoli?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 23 Jun 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Marion Bartoli?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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