Tennis has a thing for throwing up those feel good stories and the Championships at Wimbledon haven’t even got underway yet and we might just have the story of the tournament.
Marcus Willis was unknown by tennis fans throughout the world and a few wins in qualifying at Roehampton and suddenly all eyes will be on the 25 year old at Wimbledon next week.
Playing on the tour can be tough. Prize money on the challenger and ITF tour isn’t sustainable to make a living and continue to travel the world playing tournaments with little prize so getting into the main draw of Wimbledon is a great tennis achievement but there is more to it, financially you’re talking nearly £30,000 in prize money for just going out in round one which can be so beneficial to low ranked players as it could set them up for a year on the tour!
The achievement of Marcus has been recognised by tennis worldwide with Jamie and Andy Murray leading the congratulations to the 25 year old on social media.
Marcus will be up against Ricardas Berankis in round one who is ranked at 53 in the world and was defeated by Dan Evans in three sets at Nottingham last week.