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Marcus Willis
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]

Contents

1 Early and personal life 2 Junior career 3 Senior career

3.1 2015 3.2 2016: Wimbledon second round 3.3 2017: Wimbledon doubles third round

4 ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

4.1 Singles: 16 (9–7) 4.2 Doubles: 47 (28–19)

5 Performance timelines

5.1 Singles 5.2 Doubles

6 Wins over top 10 players

6.1 Doubles

7 References 8 External links

Early and personal life[edit] Willis began playing tennis at the age of 9. His mother is a primary school teacher 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 career[edit] 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 career[edit] 2015[edit] 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 round[edit] 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 no 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
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
Dominic Thiem
and Jo Wilfried Tsonga.[15] His second tournament after Wimbledon was a Future in Kuwait which he won. 2017: Wimbledon doubles third round[edit] 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
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
Spain
F14.[16] He then failed to qualify for the Challenger in Surbiton
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
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
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
Nicolas Mahut
and Pierre-Hugues Herbert
Pierre-Hugues Herbert
in the next round, also in a five-setter.[19] Their run ended with a loss to Oliver Marach
Oliver Marach
and Mate Pavić
Mate Pavić
in the third round.[20] ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals[edit] 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 000000002008-10-01-0000Oct 2008 Great Britain
Great Britain
F16, Glasgow Futures Hard (i) Dan Evans 2–6, 1–3 ret.

Win 1–1 000000002013-01-01-0000Jan 2013 Great Britain
Great Britain
F1, Glasgow Futures Hard (i) Josh Goodall 6–4, 6–4

Loss 1–2 000000002013-03-01-0000Mar 2013 Great Britain
Great Britain
F6, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i) Dan Evans 6–7(3–7), 6–7(1–7)

Win 2–2 000000002013-07-01-0000Jul 2013 Great Britain
Great Britain
F14, Felixstowe Futures Grass Neil Pauffley 6–2, 6–4

Loss 2–3 000000002013-08-01-0000Aug 2013 Great Britain
Great Britain
F17, Wrexham Futures Hard Daniel Cox 2–6, 3–6

Loss 2–4 000000002013-09-01-0000Sep 2013 Kuwait F2, Mishref Futures Hard Ivo Klec 6–3, 1–6, 4–6

Win 3–4 000000002013-10-01-0000Oct 2013 Kuwait F3, Mishref Futures Hard Tak Khunn Wang 6–3, 6–2

Loss 3–5 000000002014-03-01-0000Mar 2014 Thailand F3, Nonthaburi Futures Hard Chung Hyeon 2–6, 4–6

Win 4–5 000000002014-03-01-0000Mar 2014 Great Britain
Great Britain
F8, Tipton Futures Hard (i) Sam Barry 7–6(7–4), 6–4

Win 5–5 000000002014-05-01-0000May 2014 Great Britain
Great Britain
F10, Edinburgh Futures Clay Neil Pauffley 6–1, 6–3

Loss 5–6 000000002014-09-01-0000Sep 2014 Great Britain
Great Britain
F15, London Futures Hard Frederik Nielsen 6–2, 4–6, 4–6

Win 6–6 000000002014-09-01-0000Sep 2014 Spain
Spain
F27, Madrid Futures Hard Mick Lescure 6–3, 6–2

Win 7–6 000000002015-05-01-0000May 2015 Spain
Spain
F11, Móstoles Futures Hard Jorge Hernando-Ruano 6–7(14–16), 6–3, 7–6(10–8)

Win 8–6 000000002015-05-01-0000May 2015 Egypt
Egypt
F20, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Julien Dubail 7–5, 6–7(8–10), 7–5

Win 9–6 000000002016-11-01-0000Nov 2016 Kuwait F3, Mishref Futures Hard Daniel Altmaier 6–3, 7–6(10–8)

Loss 9–7 000000002017-02-01-0000Feb 2017 Great Britain
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 000000002009-02-01-0000Feb 2009 France
France
F2, Feucherolles Futures Hard (i) Dan Evans Olivier Charroin Nicolas Tourte 3–6, 4–6

Win 1–1 000000002009-05-01-0000May 2009 Great Britain
Great Britain
F6, Edinburgh Futures Clay Daniel Smethurst Richard Gabb Ashley Hewitt 6–7(3–7), 6–3, [14–12]

Loss 1–2 000000002009-07-01-0000Jul 2009 Great Britain
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 000000002009-08-01-0000Aug 2009 Belgium
Belgium
F2, Koksijde Futures Clay Alexander Ward Rabie Chaki Frederic De Fays 3–6, 2–6

Win 2–3 000000002009-09-01-0000Sep 2009 Italy
Italy
F28, Porto Torres Futures Hard Vasek Pospisil Alessandro Giannessi Francesco Piccari 4–6, 6–3, [10–8]

Loss 2–4 000000002009-09-01-0000Sep 2009 Italy
Italy
F29, Alghero Futures Hard Vasek Pospisil Federico Gaio Alessandro Giannessi 2–6, 5–7

Loss 2–5 000000002010-05-01-0000May 2010 Great Britain
Great Britain
F6, Edinburgh Futures Clay Barry King James Cluskey Colin O'Brien 3–6, 3–6

Loss 2–6 000000002010-05-01-0000May 2010 Great Britain
Great Britain
F7, Newcastle Futures Clay Maniel Bains Ignacio Coll Riudavets Gerard Granollers 1–6, 4–6

Loss 2–7 000000002010-09-01-0000Sep 2010 Great Britain
Great Britain
F14, Nottingham Futures Hard Sean Thornley Lewis Burton Dan Evans 5–7, 6–1, [11–13]

Win 3–7 000000002010-10-01-0000Oct 2010 Greece
Greece
F3, Heraklion Futures Carpet Daniel Glancy Sam Barry Colin O'Brien 7–5, 5–7, [10–8]

Loss 3–8 000000002011-03-01-0000Mar 2011 Great Britain
Great Britain
F3, Tipton Futures Hard (i) Miles Bugby Chris Eaton Josh Goodall 2–6, 2–6

Win 4–8 000000002011-09-01-0000Sep 2011 Great Britain
Great Britain
F14, Roehampton Futures Hard Josh Goodall Lewis Burton James Marsalek 6–3, 5–7, [10–5]

Win 5–8 000000002011-09-01-0000Sep 2011 Great Britain
Great Britain
F15, Nottingham Futures Hard Josh Goodall David Rice Sean Thornley 6–4, 7–6(8–6)

Win 6–8 000000002012-07-01-0000Jul 2012 Great Britain
Great Britain
F9, Manchester Futures Grass Josh Goodall Tom Burn Dan Evans 6–2, 7–6(7–3)

Win 7–8 000000002013-05-01-0000May 2013 Great Britain
Great Britain
F10, Edinburgh Futures Clay Matthew Short Richard Gabb Jonny O'Mara 4–6, 6–4, [10–8]

Win 8–8 000000002013-08-01-0000Aug 2013 Great Britain
Great Britain
F17, Wrexham Futures Hard George Coupland Liam Broady Joshua Ward-Hibbert 7–6(8–6), 6–3

Win 9–8 000000002013-09-01-0000Sep 2013 Great Britain
Great Britain
F18, Sheffield Futures Hard Lewis Burton Richard Bloomfield Daniel Cox 6–1, 6–1

Win 10–8 000000002013-09-01-0000Sep 2013 Great Britain
Great Britain
F19, Roehampton Futures Hard Lewis Burton Edward Corrie Joshua Ward-Hibbert 4–6, 6–4, [10–8]

Win 11–8 000000002013-09-01-0000Sep 2013 Kuwait F1, Mishref Futures Hard Lewis Burton Patrick Davidson Saketh Myneni 6–4, 7–5

Loss 11–9 000000002013-09-01-0000Sep 2013 Kuwait F2, Mishref Futures Hard Lewis Burton Ruan Roelofse Tak Khunn Wang 6–4, 3–6, [6–10]

Win 12–9 000000002013-10-01-0000Oct 2013 Kuwait F3, Mishref Futures Hard Lewis Burton Thomas Statzberger Tristan-Samuel Weissborn 6–2, 6–2

Win 13–9 000000002013-10-01-0000Oct 2013 Great Britain
Great Britain
F22, Tipton Futures Hard (i) Lewis Burton Graeme Dyce Calum Gee 7–6(7–0), 6–2

Win 14–9 000000002013-11-01-0000Nov 2013 Greece
Greece
F20, Rethymno Futures Hard Lewis Burton Nikola Čačić Alexandros Jakupovic 6–4, 7–6(7–5)

Win 15–9 000000002014-01-01-0000Jan 2014 Israel
Israel
F1, Eilat Futures Hard Lewis Burton Shonigmatjon Shofayziyev Anton Zaitcev 6–3, 6–4

Loss 15–10 000000002014-01-01-0000Jan 2014 Israel
Israel
F2, Eilat Futures Hard Lewis Burton Huang Liang-chi Amir Weintraub 3–6, 6–7(9–11)

Win 16–10 000000002014-01-01-0000Jan 2014 Israel
Israel
F3, Eilat Futures Hard Lewis Burton Claudio Grassi Amir Weintraub 6–3, 7–5

Loss 16–11 000000002014-02-01-0000Feb 2014 Thailand F1, Nonthaburi Futures Hard Lewis Burton Yuichi Ito Hiroki Kondo 6–3, 3–6, [8–10]

Loss 16–12 000000002014-02-01-0000Feb 2014 Thailand F2, Nonthaburi Futures Hard Lewis Burton Chung Hyeon Nam Ji-sung 4–6, 7–6(7–4), [7–10]

Win 17–12 000000002014-03-01-0000Mar 2014 Thailand F3, Nonthaburi Futures Hard Lewis Burton Chung Hyeon Nam Ji-sung 6–3, 7–5

Win 18–12 000000002014-03-01-0000Mar 2014 Great Britain
Great Britain
F8, Tipton Futures Hard (i) Lewis Burton David Rice Sean Thornley 4–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–6]

Win 19–12 000000002014-04-01-0000Apr 2014 Great Britain
Great Britain
F9, Bournemouth Futures Clay Lewis Burton Jake Eames Brydan Klein 6–1, 7–5

Win 20–12 000000002014-05-01-0000May 2014 Great Britain
Great Britain
F10, Edinburgh Futures Clay Jonny O'Mara Maverick Banes Gavin van Peperzeel 7–6(7–3), 6–1

Win 21–12 000000002014-05-01-0000May 2014 Great Britain
Great Britain
F11, Newcastle Futures Clay Jonny O'Mara Maverick Banes Gavin van Peperzeel 7–6(10–8), 6–1

Loss 21–13 000000002014-08-01-0000Aug 2014 Spain
Spain
F24, Pozoblanco Futures Hard Lewis Burton Edward Corrie David Rice 4–6, 5–7

Loss 0–1 000000002014-11-01-0000Nov 2014 Charlottesville, United States Challenger Hard (i) Lewis Burton Treat Huey Frederik Nielsen 6–3, 3–6, [2–10]

Win 22–13 000000002015-01-01-0000Jan 2015 Great Britain
Great Britain
F2, Sunderland Futures Hard (i) Lewis Burton Isak Arvidsson Micke Kontinen 6–3, 6–2

Loss 22–14 000000002015-03-01-0000Mar 2015 Great Britain
Great Britain
F5, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i) Sean Thornley Luke Bambridge Scott Clayton 6–7(3–7), 4–6

Loss 22–15 000000002015-05-01-0000May 2015 Spain
Spain
F11, Móstoles Futures Hard José Checa-Calvo Juan-Samuel Arauzo Ivan Arenas-Gualda 3–6, 7–5, [5–10]

Win 23–15 000000002015-05-01-0000May 2015 Egypt
Egypt
F19, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Daniel Smethurst Karim-Mohamed Maamoun Issam Haitham Taweel 6–4, 6–4

Win 24–15 000000002015-05-01-0000May 2015 Egypt
Egypt
F20, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Daniel Smethurst Karim Hossam Issam Haitham Taweel 6–1, 6–3

Win 25–15 000000002015-07-01-0000Jul 2015 Great Britain
Great Britain
F6, Frinton Futures Grass Daniel Smethurst Evan Hoyt Bradley Mousley 6–4, 6–4

Loss 25–16 000000002015-09-01-0000Sep 2015 Sweden
Sweden
F4, Falun Futures Hard (i) James Marsalek David O'Hare Joe Salisbury 3–6, 5–7

Win 26–16 000000002016-11-01-0000Nov 2016 Kuwait F3, Mishref Futures Hard Daniel Altmaier Roy Sarut De Valk Ronan Joncour 6–1, 6–1

Loss 26–17 000000002017-02-01-0000Feb 2017 Great Britain
Great Britain
F3, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i) Jack Molloy Scott Clayton Luke Johnson 6–3, 4–6, [6–10]

Win 27–17 000000002017-08-01-0000Aug 2017 Portugal F17, Sintra Futures Hard Edward Corrie Yanais Laurent Maxime Tchoutakian 6–1, 6–4

Loss 27–18 000000002018-02-01-0000Feb 2018 Great Britain
Great Britain
F1, Glasgow Futures Hard (i) Neil Pauffley Matthias Haim Jakob Sude 3–6, 7–6(7–5), [6–10]

Win 28–18 000000002018-02-01-0000Feb 2018 Great Britain
Great Britain
F3, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i) Scott Clayton Harri Heliövaara Frederik Nielsen 6–2, 7–5

Performance timelines[edit] Singles[edit]

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

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

Doubles[edit]

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

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

Wins over top 10 players[edit] Doubles[edit]

# 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

References[edit]

^ a b "Wimbledon: Britain's world number 775 Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
qualifies for main draw". BBC Sport. 24 June 2016.  ^ "Marcus Willis". atpworldtour.com. Association of Tour Professionals. Retrieved 29 June 2016.  ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Who is Marcus Willis, the new British hero at SW19?". Telegraph. 27 June 2016.  ^ "Brit underdog Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
begins his Centre Court
Centre Court
battle with tennis royalty Roger Federer
Roger Federer
in front of the ex-beauty queen who saved his career". Daily Mail. 29 June 2016.  ^ "A new hope for British tennis?". Independent. 23 January 2008.  ^ a b "Wimbledon: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
next for British sensation Marcus Willis after amazing victory". Independent. 27 July 2016.  ^ "Activity 2015". ATP World Tour. 31 December 2015.  ^ a b "Singles Rankings". ATP World Tour. 27 July 2015.  ^ "Tunisia Futures F1". ITF Tennis. 17 January 2016.  ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
stuns Ricardas Berankis, plays Federer next". BBC Sport. 27 June 2016.  ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
beats British qualifier Marcus Willis". BBC Sport. 29 June 2016.  ^ "Brit underdog Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
is BEATEN by Roger Federer
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.  ^ "Vote: Wimbledon shot of the tournament". BBC Sport. 9 July 2016.  ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Willis' lob wins shot of the tournament". BBC Sport. 10 July 2016.  ^ " Tennis
Tennis
podcast: Marcus Willis: 'Can I beat Andy Murray? Over a ten-point tie-break, yes'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-10-17.  ^ a b " Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
Player Activity ATP World Tour Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2017-06-29.  ^ "Wimbledon 2017: Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
& Jay Clarke lose final qualifying matches". BBC Sport. 2017-06-29. Retrieved 2017-06-29.  ^ " Marcus Willis
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.  ^ " Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
repeating Wimbledon fairytale - alongside doubles partner Jay Clarke". The Telegraph. 2017-07-08.  ^ " Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
departs with a smile on his face after winning Wimbledon hearts with Jay Clarke". The Telegraph. 2017-07-10. 

External links[edit]

Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
at the Association of Tennis
Tennis
Professionals Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
at the International Tennis
Tennis
Federation

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Association of Tennis
Tennis
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(52 ) 4. Ken Skupski
Ken Skupski
(65 ) 5. Joe Salisbury
Joe Salisbury
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6. Luke Bambridge
Luke Bambridge
(125 ) 7. Scott Clayton (126 2) 8. Brydan Klein
Brydan Klein
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