Willis at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships
|Country (sports)||Great Britain|
|Born||9 October 1990|
Slough, England, UK
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach||Matt Smith (2013–)|
|Highest ranking||No. 322 (16 June 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Highest ranking||No. 209 (13 November 2017)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Last updated on: 4 March 2019.|
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. Willis attended St Paul's Primary School, Wokingham and The Forest School, Winnersh. Willis is in a relationship with Jennifer Bate, an NHS dental surgeon and former beauty queen. Their daughter, Martha May Willis, was born in March 2017. Willis teaches at Downe House an independent girls school.
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. Willis reached a high of No. 15 in the combined junior world rankings in September 2008.
Junior Slam results – Singles:
Junior Slam results – Doubles:
Willis won two Futures and reached the semifinals of four Futures events, becoming world no 348 in July. Managed & sponsored by A1 Pharmaceuticals from 2013-15 that lead to 7 futures singles titles during the sponsorship
2016: Wimbledon second roundEdit
His failure to defend the previous year's points led to his ranking falling to number 772 by the start of Wimbledon.
Willis won six matches to qualify for the main draw of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships. 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. Willis was defeated by Federer 6–0, 6–3, 6–4 on Centre Court in the second round, receiving a standing ovation nevertheless. 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."
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.
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. He then failed to qualify for the Challenger in Surbiton and then reached the second round of the Ilkley Challenger, losing to Sam Groth.
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. 
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. 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. Their run ended with a loss to Oliver Marach and Mate Pavić in the third round.
ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 16 (9–7)Edit
|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
|Loss||0–1||Feb 2009||France F2, Feucherolles||Futures||Hard (i)||Dan Evans|| Olivier Charroin
|Win||1–1||May 2009||Great Britain F6, Edinburgh||Futures||Clay||Daniel Smethurst|| Richard Gabb
|6–7(3–7), 6–3, [14–12]|
|Loss||1–2||Jul 2009||Great Britain F9, Frinton||Futures||Grass||Neil Pauffley|| Tristan Farron-Mahon
|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
|Win||2–3||Sep 2009||Italy F28, Porto Torres||Futures||Hard||Vasek Pospisil|| Alessandro Giannessi
|4–6, 6–3, [10–8]|
|Loss||2–4||Sep 2009||Italy F29, Alghero||Futures||Hard||Vasek Pospisil|| Federico Gaio
|Loss||2–5||May 2010||Great Britain F6, Edinburgh||Futures||Clay||Barry King|| James Cluskey
|Loss||2–6||May 2010||Great Britain F7, Newcastle||Futures||Clay||Maniel Bains|| Ignacio Coll Riudavets
|Loss||2–7||Sep 2010||Great Britain F14, Nottingham||Futures||Hard||Sean Thornley|| Lewis Burton
|5–7, 6–1, [11–13]|
|Win||3–7||Oct 2010||Greece F3, Heraklion||Futures||Carpet||Daniel Glancy|| Sam Barry
|7–5, 5–7, [10–8]|
|Loss||3–8||Mar 2011||Great Britain F3, Tipton||Futures||Hard (i)||Miles Bugby|| Chris Eaton
|Win||4–8||Sep 2011||Great Britain F14, Roehampton||Futures||Hard||Josh Goodall|| Lewis Burton
|6–3, 5–7, [10–5]|
|Win||5–8||Sep 2011||Great Britain F15, Nottingham||Futures||Hard||Josh Goodall|| David Rice
|Win||6–8||Jul 2012||Great Britain F9, Manchester||Futures||Grass||Josh Goodall|| Tom Burn
|Win||7–8||May 2013||Great Britain F10, Edinburgh||Futures||Clay||Matthew Short|| Richard Gabb
|4–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
|Win||8–8||Aug 2013||Great Britain F17, Wrexham||Futures||Hard||George Coupland|| Liam Broady
|Win||9–8||Sep 2013||Great Britain F18, Sheffield||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Richard Bloomfield
|Win||10–8||Sep 2013||Great Britain F19, Roehampton||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Edward Corrie
|4–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
|Win||11–8||Sep 2013||Kuwait F1, Mishref||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Patrick Davidson
|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
|Win||13–9||Oct 2013||Great Britain F22, Tipton||Futures||Hard (i)||Lewis Burton|| Graeme Dyce
|Win||14–9||Nov 2013||Greece F20, Rethymno||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Nikola Čačić
|Win||15–9||Jan 2014||Israel F1, Eilat||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Shonigmatjon Shofayziyev
|Loss||15–10||Jan 2014||Israel F2, Eilat||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Huang Liang-chi
|Win||16–10||Jan 2014||Israel F3, Eilat||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Claudio Grassi
|Loss||16–11||Feb 2014||Thailand F1, Nonthaburi||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Yuichi Ito
|6–3, 3–6, [8–10]|
|Loss||16–12||Feb 2014||Thailand F2, Nonthaburi||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Chung Hyeon
|4–6, 7–6(7–4), [7–10]|
|Win||17–12||Mar 2014||Thailand F3, Nonthaburi||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Chung Hyeon
|Win||18–12||Mar 2014||Great Britain F8, Tipton||Futures||Hard (i)||Lewis Burton|| David Rice
|4–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–6]|
|Win||19–12||Apr 2014||Great Britain F9, Bournemouth||Futures||Clay||Lewis Burton|| Jake Eames
|Win||20–12||May 2014||Great Britain F10, Edinburgh||Futures||Clay||Jonny O'Mara|| Maverick Banes
Gavin van Peperzeel
|Win||21–12||May 2014||Great Britain F11, Newcastle||Futures||Clay||Jonny O'Mara|| Maverick Banes
Gavin van Peperzeel
|Loss||21–13||Aug 2014||Spain F24, Pozoblanco||Futures||Hard||Lewis Burton|| Edward Corrie
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2014||Charlottesville, United States||Challenger||Hard (i)||Lewis Burton|| Treat Huey
|6–3, 3–6, [2–10]|
|Win||22–13||Jan 2015||Great Britain F2, Sunderland||Futures||Hard (i)||Lewis Burton|| Isak Arvidsson
|Loss||22–14||Mar 2015||Great Britain F5, Shrewsbury||Futures||Hard (i)||Sean Thornley|| Luke Bambridge
|Loss||22–15||May 2015||Spain F11, Móstoles||Futures||Hard||José Checa-Calvo|| Juan-Samuel Arauzo
|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
|Win||24–15||May 2015||Egypt F20, Sharm El Sheikh||Futures||Hard||Daniel Smethurst|| Karim Hossam
Issam Haitham Taweel
|Win||25–15||Jul 2015||Great Britain F6, Frinton||Futures||Grass||Daniel Smethurst|| Evan Hoyt
|Loss||25–16||Sep 2015||Sweden F4, Falun||Futures||Hard (i)||James Marsalek|| David O'Hare
|Win||26–16||Nov 2016||Kuwait F3, Mishref||Futures||Hard||Daniel Altmaier|| Roy Sarut De Valk
|Loss||26–17||Feb 2017||Great Britain F3, Shrewsbury||Futures||Hard (i)||Jack Molloy|| Scott Clayton
|6–3, 4–6, [6–10]|
|Win||27–17||Aug 2017||Portugal F17, Sintra||Futures||Hard||Edward Corrie|| Yanais Laurent
|Loss||27–18||Feb 2018||Great Britain F1, Glasgow||Futures||Hard (i)||Neil Pauffley|| Matthias Haim
|3–6, 7–6(7–5), [6–10]|
|Win||28–18||Feb 2018||Great Britain F3, Shrewsbury||Futures||Hard (i)||Scott Clayton|| Harri Heliövaara
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Wins over top 10 playersEdit
|1.||Jay Clarke|| Nicolas Mahut
|Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||2R||3–6, 6–1, 7–6(7–3), 5–7, 6–3||708|
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