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Marcus Willis (born 9 October 1990) is a professional British tennis player. Willis made his tour debut at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships having qualified for the main draw.[1]

Marcus Willis
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Country (sports)United Kingdom Great Britain
Born (1990-10-09) 9 October 1990 (age 28)
Slough, England, UK
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro2007
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachMatt Smith (2013–)
Prize money$219,458
Singles
Career record1–1
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 322 (16 June 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon2R (2016)
Doubles
Career record2–1
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 209 (13 November 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon3R (2017)
Last updated on: 4 March 2019.

Contents

Early and personal lifeEdit

Willis began playing tennis at the age of 9. His mother is a learning support assistant and his father is an accountant.[2] Willis attended St Paul's Primary School, Wokingham and The Forest School, Winnersh.[3] Willis is in a relationship with Jennifer Bate, an NHS dental surgeon and former beauty queen.[4] Their daughter, Martha May Willis, was born in March 2017. Willis teaches at Downe House an independent girls school.

Junior careerEdit

Before the 2008 Australian Open began, Willis was sent home by the LTA after he had ignored a final warning about his slack attitude. The last straw came when he arrived late to a practice session, having missed the bus and forgotten his rackets.[5][6] Willis reached a high of No. 15 in the combined junior world rankings in September 2008.

Junior Slam results – Singles:

Australian Open: A (—)
French Open: 2R (2008)
Wimbledon: 3R (2007, 2008)
US Open: 2R (2008)

Junior Slam results – Doubles:

Australian Open: A (—)
French Open: 1R (2008)
Wimbledon: 2R (2007)
US Open: 2R (2008)

Senior careerEdit

2015Edit

Willis won two Futures and reached the semifinals of four Futures events,[7] becoming world no 348 in July.[8] Managed & sponsored by A1 Pharmaceuticals from 2013-15 that lead to 7 futures singles titles during the sponsorship

2016: Wimbledon second roundEdit

The only success for Willis in the first five months of 2016 was qualifying for the Tunisia Futures F1 in January, and progressing to the quarterfinals,[9] where he won $356.[6]

His failure to defend the previous year's points led to his ranking falling to number 772 by the start of Wimbledon.[8]

Willis won six matches to qualify for the main draw of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.[1] In the first round, Willis upset Ričardas Berankis, a player ranked more than 700 places above him, to set up a clash with seven-time champion Roger Federer.[10] Willis was defeated by Federer 6–0, 6–3, 6–4 on Centre Court in the second round, receiving a standing ovation nevertheless.[11] In an interview after the match, Federer praised Willis, saying that since Willis had beaten Berankis, he prepared for the match as if playing someone in the same league as the top 50 players in the world. He added, "Marcus brought an unbelievable energy to the court with the fans and his personality, it was refreshing. He came up with some great shotmaking. I knew it would be different to any other match I have played at Wimbledon, it was a pleasure to play against him."[12]

The BBC held a vote for the best shot of the Wimbledon tournament,[13] and the winner was Willis lobbing Roger Federer.[14]

Injury prevented Willis from playing immediately after Wimbledon 2016, but he was given a wild card into qualifying for the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna over the weekend of October 22–23. He has also been invited to play Tie Break Tens at the same venue on Sunday 23 October, against Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem and Jo Wilfried Tsonga.[15]

His second tournament after Wimbledon was a Future in Kuwait which he won.

2017: Wimbledon doubles third roundEdit

Willis didn't play too many tournaments in the first half of 2017 due to injuries and becoming a father to his first child (a girl) but played in the Great Britain F1, F2 and F3, reaching the second round, semi-finals and finals respectively, winning $2283 overall. He then reached the quarter-finals of the U.S.A. F15 but lost in the first round of the Spain F14.[16] He then failed to qualify for the Challenger in Surbiton and then reached the second round of the Ilkley Challenger, losing to Sam Groth.[16]

At the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Willis lost in the final round of qualifying to Illya Marchenko in straight sets, although Willis had been hindered by a knee injury he suffered against fellow Brit Liam Broady in the previous round. Since he failed to defend his points from last years Wimbledon his ranking is projected to drop below 500 in the world. [17]

In the Wimbledon doubles, he and partner Jay Clarke had been awarded a wild card for the main draw. In the opening round, they beat Jared Donaldson and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan after coming back from two sets to love.[18] They caused a big surprise by defeating the defending champions and second seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the next round, also in a five-setter.[19] Their run ended with a loss to Oliver Marach and Mate Pavić in the third round.[20]

2018Edit

Willis missed Wimbledon in singles because he lost to Dan Evans in the pre-qualifying playoffs.[21]

After Wimbledon, he played for the San Diego Aviators in the World TeamTennis league,[22] where the team narrowly missed the WTT finals.

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 16 (9–7)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (0–0)
ITF Futures Tour (9–7)
Finals by surface
Hard (7–7)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2008 Great Britain F16, Glasgow Futures Hard (i)   Dan Evans 2–6, 1–3 ret.
Win 1–1 Jan 2013 Great Britain F1, Glasgow Futures Hard (i)   Josh Goodall 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1–2 Mar 2013 Great Britain F6, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i)   Dan Evans 6–7(3–7), 6–7(1–7)
Win 2–2 Jul 2013 Great Britain F14, Felixstowe Futures Grass   Neil Pauffley 6–2, 6–4
Loss 2–3 Aug 2013 Great Britain F17, Wrexham Futures Hard   Daniel Cox 2–6, 3–6
Loss 2–4 Sep 2013 Kuwait F2, Mishref Futures Hard   Ivo Klec 6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Win 3–4 Oct 2013 Kuwait F3, Mishref Futures Hard   Tak Khunn Wang 6–3, 6–2
Loss 3–5 Mar 2014 Thailand F3, Nonthaburi Futures Hard   Chung Hyeon 2–6, 4–6
Win 4–5 Mar 2014 Great Britain F8, Tipton Futures Hard (i)   Sam Barry 7–6(7–4), 6–4
Win 5–5 May 2014 Great Britain F10, Edinburgh Futures Clay   Neil Pauffley 6–1, 6–3
Loss 5–6 Sep 2014 Great Britain F15, London Futures Hard   Frederik Nielsen 6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Win 6–6 Sep 2014 Spain F27, Madrid Futures Hard   Mick Lescure 6–3, 6–2
Win 7–6 May 2015 Spain F11, Móstoles Futures Hard   Jorge Hernando-Ruano 6–7(14–16), 6–3, 7–6(10–8)
Win 8–6 May 2015 Egypt F20, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard   Julien Dubail 7–5, 6–7(8–10), 7–5
Win 9–6 Nov 2016 Kuwait F3, Mishref Futures Hard   Daniel Altmaier 6–3, 7–6(10–8)
Loss 9–7 Feb 2017 Great Britain F3, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i)   Oscar Otte 5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Doubles: 47 (28–19)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (0–1)
ITF Futures Tour (28–18)
Finals by surface
Hard (20–15)
Clay (5–3)
Grass (2–1)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2009 France F2, Feucherolles Futures Hard (i)   Dan Evans   Olivier Charroin
  Nicolas Tourte
3–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 May 2009 Great Britain F6, Edinburgh Futures Clay   Daniel Smethurst   Richard Gabb
  Ashley Hewitt
6–7(3–7), 6–3, [14–12]
Loss 1–2 Jul 2009 Great Britain F9, Frinton Futures Grass   Neil Pauffley   Tristan Farron-Mahon
  Colin O'Brien
7–6(7–5), 6–7(3–7), [6–10]
Loss 1–3 Aug 2009 Belgium F2, Koksijde Futures Clay   Alexander Ward   Rabie Chaki
  Frederic De Fays
3–6, 2–6
Win 2–3 Sep 2009 Italy F28, Porto Torres Futures Hard   Vasek Pospisil   Alessandro Giannessi
  Francesco Piccari
4–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Loss 2–4 Sep 2009 Italy F29, Alghero Futures Hard   Vasek Pospisil   Federico Gaio
  Alessandro Giannessi
2–6, 5–7
Loss 2–5 May 2010 Great Britain F6, Edinburgh Futures Clay   Barry King   James Cluskey
  Colin O'Brien
3–6, 3–6
Loss 2–6 May 2010 Great Britain F7, Newcastle Futures Clay   Maniel Bains   Ignacio Coll Riudavets
  Gerard Granollers
1–6, 4–6
Loss 2–7 Sep 2010 Great Britain F14, Nottingham Futures Hard   Sean Thornley   Lewis Burton
  Dan Evans
5–7, 6–1, [11–13]
Win 3–7 Oct 2010 Greece F3, Heraklion Futures Carpet   Daniel Glancy   Sam Barry
  Colin O'Brien
7–5, 5–7, [10–8]
Loss 3–8 Mar 2011 Great Britain F3, Tipton Futures Hard (i)   Miles Bugby   Chris Eaton
  Josh Goodall
2–6, 2–6
Win 4–8 Sep 2011 Great Britain F14, Roehampton Futures Hard   Josh Goodall   Lewis Burton
  James Marsalek
6–3, 5–7, [10–5]
Win 5–8 Sep 2011 Great Britain F15, Nottingham Futures Hard   Josh Goodall   David Rice
  Sean Thornley
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Win 6–8 Jul 2012 Great Britain F9, Manchester Futures Grass   Josh Goodall   Tom Burn
  Dan Evans
6–2, 7–6(7–3)
Win 7–8 May 2013 Great Britain F10, Edinburgh Futures Clay   Matthew Short   Richard Gabb
  Jonny O'Mara
4–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Win 8–8 Aug 2013 Great Britain F17, Wrexham Futures Hard   George Coupland   Liam Broady
  Joshua Ward-Hibbert
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Win 9–8 Sep 2013 Great Britain F18, Sheffield Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Richard Bloomfield
  Daniel Cox
6–1, 6–1
Win 10–8 Sep 2013 Great Britain F19, Roehampton Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Edward Corrie
  Joshua Ward-Hibbert
4–6, 6–4, [10–8]
Win 11–8 Sep 2013 Kuwait F1, Mishref Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Patrick Davidson
  Saketh Myneni
6–4, 7–5
Loss 11–9 Sep 2013 Kuwait F2, Mishref Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Ruan Roelofse
  Tak Khunn Wang
6–4, 3–6, [6–10]
Win 12–9 Oct 2013 Kuwait F3, Mishref Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Thomas Statzberger
  Tristan-Samuel Weissborn
6–2, 6–2
Win 13–9 Oct 2013 Great Britain F22, Tipton Futures Hard (i)   Lewis Burton   Graeme Dyce
  Calum Gee
7–6(7–0), 6–2
Win 14–9 Nov 2013 Greece F20, Rethymno Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Nikola Čačić
  Alexandros Jakupovic
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Win 15–9 Jan 2014 Israel F1, Eilat Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Shonigmatjon Shofayziyev
  Anton Zaitcev
6–3, 6–4
Loss 15–10 Jan 2014 Israel F2, Eilat Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Huang Liang-chi
  Amir Weintraub
3–6, 6–7(9–11)
Win 16–10 Jan 2014 Israel F3, Eilat Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Claudio Grassi
  Amir Weintraub
6–3, 7–5
Loss 16–11 Feb 2014 Thailand F1, Nonthaburi Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Yuichi Ito
  Hiroki Kondo
6–3, 3–6, [8–10]
Loss 16–12 Feb 2014 Thailand F2, Nonthaburi Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Chung Hyeon
  Nam Ji-sung
4–6, 7–6(7–4), [7–10]
Win 17–12 Mar 2014 Thailand F3, Nonthaburi Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Chung Hyeon
  Nam Ji-sung
6–3, 7–5
Win 18–12 Mar 2014 Great Britain F8, Tipton Futures Hard (i)   Lewis Burton   David Rice
  Sean Thornley
4–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–6]
Win 19–12 Apr 2014 Great Britain F9, Bournemouth Futures Clay   Lewis Burton   Jake Eames
  Brydan Klein
6–1, 7–5
Win 20–12 May 2014 Great Britain F10, Edinburgh Futures Clay   Jonny O'Mara   Maverick Banes
  Gavin van Peperzeel
7–6(7–3), 6–1
Win 21–12 May 2014 Great Britain F11, Newcastle Futures Clay   Jonny O'Mara   Maverick Banes
  Gavin van Peperzeel
7–6(10–8), 6–1
Loss 21–13 Aug 2014 Spain F24, Pozoblanco Futures Hard   Lewis Burton   Edward Corrie
  David Rice
4–6, 5–7
Loss 0–1 Nov 2014 Charlottesville, United States Challenger Hard (i)   Lewis Burton   Treat Huey
  Frederik Nielsen
6–3, 3–6, [2–10]
Win 22–13 Jan 2015 Great Britain F2, Sunderland Futures Hard (i)   Lewis Burton   Isak Arvidsson
  Micke Kontinen
6–3, 6–2
Loss 22–14 Mar 2015 Great Britain F5, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i)   Sean Thornley   Luke Bambridge
  Scott Clayton
6–7(3–7), 4–6
Loss 22–15 May 2015 Spain F11, Móstoles Futures Hard   José Checa-Calvo   Juan-Samuel Arauzo
  Ivan Arenas-Gualda
3–6, 7–5, [5–10]
Win 23–15 May 2015 Egypt F19, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard   Daniel Smethurst   Karim-Mohamed Maamoun
  Issam Haitham Taweel
6–4, 6–4
Win 24–15 May 2015 Egypt F20, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard   Daniel Smethurst   Karim Hossam
  Issam Haitham Taweel
6–1, 6–3
Win 25–15 Jul 2015 Great Britain F6, Frinton Futures Grass   Daniel Smethurst   Evan Hoyt
  Bradley Mousley
6–4, 6–4
Loss 25–16 Sep 2015 Sweden F4, Falun Futures Hard (i)   James Marsalek   David O'Hare
  Joe Salisbury
3–6, 5–7
Win 26–16 Nov 2016 Kuwait F3, Mishref Futures Hard   Daniel Altmaier   Roy Sarut De Valk
  Ronan Joncour
6–1, 6–1
Loss 26–17 Feb 2017 Great Britain F3, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i)   Jack Molloy   Scott Clayton
  Luke Johnson
6–3, 4–6, [6–10]
Win 27–17 Aug 2017 Portugal F17, Sintra Futures Hard   Edward Corrie   Yanais Laurent
  Maxime Tchoutakian
6–1, 6–4
Loss 27–18 Feb 2018 Great Britain F1, Glasgow Futures Hard (i)   Neil Pauffley   Matthias Haim
  Jakob Sude
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [6–10]
Win 28–18 Feb 2018 Great Britain F3, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i)   Scott Clayton   Harri Heliövaara
  Frederik Nielsen
6–2, 7–5

Performance timelinesEdit

SinglesEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Wimbledon A Q2 A A A A Q1 A 2R Q3 A 1–1
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1
Year-end ranking 965 606 609 729 962 350 365 474 441 598 N/A

DoublesEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Wimbledon Q1 Q1 Q1 A A A Q1 A A 3R Q1 2–1
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–1
Year-end ranking 378 489 617 898 325 251 432 1052 230 750

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

DoublesEdit

# Partner Opponents Rank Tournament Surface Rd Score Willis
Rank
2017
1.   Jay Clarke   Nicolas Mahut
  Pierre-Hugues Herbert
4
7
Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom Grass 2R 3–6, 6–1, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–3 708

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Wimbledon: Britain's world number 775 Marcus Willis qualifies for main draw". BBC Sport. 24 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Marcus Willis". atpworldtour.com. Association of Tour Professionals. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Who is Marcus Willis, the new British hero at SW19?". Telegraph. 27 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Brit underdog Marcus Willis begins his Centre Court battle with tennis royalty Roger Federer in front of the ex-beauty queen who saved his career". Daily Mail. 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ "A new hope for British tennis?". Independent. 23 January 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Wimbledon: Roger Federer next for British sensation Marcus Willis after amazing victory". Independent. 27 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Activity 2015". ATP World Tour. 31 December 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Singles Rankings". ATP World Tour. 27 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Tunisia Futures F1". ITF Tennis. 17 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Marcus Willis stuns Ricardas Berankis, plays Federer next". BBC Sport. 27 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Roger Federer beats British qualifier Marcus Willis". BBC Sport. 29 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Brit underdog Marcus Willis is BEATEN by Roger Federer on Centre Court—but the ex-beauty queen who saved his career and his crazy WillBombs fans still think he's ace". Daily Mail. 29 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Vote: Wimbledon shot of the tournament". BBC Sport. 9 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Willis' lob wins shot of the tournament". BBC Sport. 10 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Tennis podcast: Marcus Willis: 'Can I beat Andy Murray? Over a ten-point tie-break, yes'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  16. ^ a b "Marcus Willis | Player Activity | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  17. ^ "Wimbledon 2017: Marcus Willis & Jay Clarke lose final qualifying matches". BBC Sport. 2017-06-29. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  18. ^ "Marcus Willis enjoys Wimbledon return as he and partner Jay Clarke come from behind to win first-round doubles clash in five sets". Daily Mail. 2017-07-06.
  19. ^ "Marcus Willis repeating Wimbledon fairytale - alongside doubles partner Jay Clarke". The Telegraph. 2017-07-08.
  20. ^ "Marcus Willis departs with a smile on his face after winning Wimbledon hearts with Jay Clarke". The Telegraph. 2017-07-10.
  21. ^ "Dan Evans edges out Marcus Willis in Wimbledon pre-qualifying". Sky Sports. 2018-06-22.
  22. ^ "Marcus Willis Rounds Out Aviators Roster". San Diego Aviators. 2018-05-18.

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