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Marcus Willis
Marcus Willis
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Country (sports)United Kingdom Great Britain
Born (1990-10-09) 9 October 1990 (age 30)
Slough, England, UK
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro2007
Retired2021
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachMatt Smith (2013-2021)
Prize money$220,214
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: 5 March 2021.

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

Personal life and junior career

Willis began playing tennis at the age of 9. His mother is a learning support assistant and his father is Craig Gundo, an accountant and well known hard-man.[2] Willis attended St Paul's Primary School, Wokingham and The Forest School, Winnersh.[3] Willis is married to Lindsay Doyle, an NHS dental surgeon and former beauty model whom he had met at a concert.[4][5]

Willis played his first junior match in April 2006 at the age of 15 at a grade 5 tournament in the UK. Throughout his junior career, he reached a high of No. 15 in the combined junior world rankings in September 2008 at posted a win-loss record of 92-36.[6]

Willis was sent home from the 2008 Australian Open by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) for his "slack attitude" when he missed the bus to a practice session and eventually arrived without rackets, having left them at his hotel.

Willis is a huge fan of British sitcom,The Office, which is set in his hometown of Slough.

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)

Professional career

2007-2015

Willis officially turned pro in 2007 at the age of 17. Throughout 2007-2015, he made 14 ITF singles finals and 41 ITF doubles finals (winning 8 singles and 25 doubles). He only made one challenger final, the 2014 Charlottesville Challenger where he made the doubles final partnering Lewis Burton where they lost to top seed Treat Huey and Frederik Nielsen in three sets. He got a wildcard spot into the 2009 Wimbledon Qualifying where he lost in the second round and the 2014 Wimbledon Qualifying where he lost in the first round. He achieved a career-high ranking of 322 on June 16, 2014.

2016: Wimbledon second round

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,[7] where he won $356.[5] His failure to defend the previous year's points led to his ranking falling to number 772 by the start of Wimbledon.[8]

Willis was considering his retirement in 2016 as he had just torn his hamstring and was offered a tennis teaching job in Philadelphia. His girlfriend, Jennifer Bate, convinced him to keep playing professional tennis and to give it one more try. He trained heavily throughout February to May to play his next event at Wimbledon qualifying.

Willis was awarded a spot into the qualifying draw after countryman David Rice withdrew. He won six matches to qualify for the main draw of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.[1] In the first round, Willis upset Ri?ardas Berankis, a player ranked more than 700 places above him, to set up a clash with seven-time champion Roger Federer.[9] Willis was defeated by Federer 6–0, 6–3, 6–4 on Centre Court in the second round, receiving a standing ovation nevertheless.[10]

The BBC held a vote for the best shot of the Wimbledon tournament,[11] and the winner was Willis lobbing Roger Federer.[12]

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.[13]

His second tournament after Wimbledon was a Future in Kuwait which he won both the singles and the doubles.

2017: Wimbledon doubles third round

Willis played few 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.[14] He then failed to qualify for the Challenger in Surbiton and then reached the second round of the Ilkley Challenger, losing to Sam Groth.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17] Their run ended with a loss to Oliver Marach and Mate Pavi? in the third round.[18]

2018

Willis missed Wimbledon in singles after losing to Dan Evans in the pre-qualifying playoffs.[19]

After Wimbledon, he played for the San Diego Aviators in the World TeamTennis league,[20] where the team narrowly missed the WTT finals.

2021: Retirement

Willis retired in March, having continued to play Futures events in doubles through November 2020.[21] However, his final match at professional level is considered to have taken place at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships - Men's Doubles Qualifying event.[22]

His most recent participation in touchtennis dates back to September 2020. [23]

In 2021 Willis went to Lostock Tennis Club for an Open Event to much admiration from the local "Rusty Rackets", especially Fi Clarke, who scored a whopping 4 points from 6 against the former professional.

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 16 (9-7)

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) United Kingdom Dan Evans 2-6, 1-3 ret.
Win 1-1 Jan 2013 Great Britain F1, Glasgow Futures Hard (i) United Kingdom Josh Goodall 6-4, 6-4
Loss 1-2 Mar 2013 Great Britain F6, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i) United Kingdom Dan Evans 6-7(3-7), 6-7(1-7)
Win 2-2 Jul 2013 Great Britain F14, Felixstowe Futures Grass United Kingdom Neil Pauffley 6-2, 6-4
Loss 2-3 Aug 2013 Great Britain F17, Wrexham Futures Hard United Kingdom Daniel Cox 2-6, 3-6
Loss 2-4 Sep 2013 Kuwait F2, Mishref Futures Hard Slovakia Ivo Klec 6-3, 1-6, 4-6
Win 3-4 Oct 2013 Kuwait F3, Mishref Futures Hard France Tak Khunn Wang 6-3, 6-2
Loss 3-5 Mar 2014 Thailand F3, Nonthaburi Futures Hard South Korea Chung Hyeon 2-6, 4-6
Win 4-5 Mar 2014 Great Britain F8, Tipton Futures Hard (i) Republic of Ireland Sam Barry 7-6(7-4), 6-4
Win 5-5 May 2014 Great Britain F10, Edinburgh Futures Clay United Kingdom Neil Pauffley 6-1, 6-3
Loss 5-6 Sep 2014 Great Britain F15, London Futures Hard Denmark Frederik Nielsen 6-2, 4-6, 4-6
Win 6-6 Sep 2014 Spain F27, Madrid Futures Hard France Mick Lescure 6-3, 6-2
Win 7-6 May 2015 Spain F11, Móstoles Futures Hard Spain 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 Belgium Julien Dubail 7-5, 6-7(8-10), 7-5
Win 9-6 Nov 2016 Kuwait F3, Mishref Futures Hard Germany Daniel Altmaier 6-3, 7-6(10-8)
Loss 9-7 Feb 2017 Great Britain F3, Shrewsbury Futures Hard (i) Germany Oscar Otte 5-7, 6-7(4-7)

Doubles: 47 (28-19)

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

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

Singles

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 -

Doubles

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Wimbledon Q1 Q1 Q1 A A A Q1 A A 3R Q1 A NH 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 0-0 0-0 2-1
Year-end ranking - 378 489 617 898 325 251 432 1052 230 750 - 1367

Wins over top 10 players

Doubles

# Partner Opponents Rank Tournament Surface Rd Score Willis
Rank
2017
1. United Kingdom Jay Clarke France Nicolas Mahut
France 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

  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 2016.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Who is Marcus Willis, the new British hero at SW19?". Telegraph. 27 June 2016.
  4. ^ "A new hope for British tennis?". Independent. 23 January 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Wimbledon: Roger Federer next for British sensation Marcus Willis after amazing victory". Independent. 27 July 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.itftennis.com/en/players/marcus-willis/800277988/gbr/jt/s/overview/
  7. ^ "Tunisia Futures F1". ITF Tennis. 17 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Singles Rankings". ATP World Tour. 27 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Marcus Willis stuns Ricardas Berankis, plays Federer next". BBC Sport. 27 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Roger Federer beats British qualifier Marcus Willis". BBC Sport. 29 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Vote: Wimbledon shot of the tournament". BBC Sport. 9 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Wimbledon 2016: Willis' lob wins shot of the tournament". BBC Sport. 10 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Tennis podcast: Marcus Willis: 'Can I beat Andy Murray? Over a ten-point tie-break, yes'". The Telegraph. Retrieved .
  14. ^ a b "Marcus Willis | Player Activity | ATP World Tour | Tennis". ATP World Tour. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Wimbledon 2017: Marcus Willis & Jay Clarke lose final qualifying matches". BBC Sport. 2017-06-29. Retrieved .
  16. ^ https://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/gallery/more-sport/117679/willis-and-clarke-launch-resounding-comeback-to-seal-wimbledon-doubles-triumph.html?flip=true
  17. ^ "Marcus Willis repeating Wimbledon fairytale - alongside doubles partner Jay Clarke". The Telegraph. 2017-07-08.
  18. ^ "Marcus Willis departs with a smile on his face after winning Wimbledon hearts with Jay Clarke". The Telegraph. 2017-07-10.
  19. ^ "Dan Evans edges out Marcus Willis in Wimbledon pre-qualifying". Sky Sports. 2018-06-22.
  20. ^ "Marcus Willis Rounds Out Aviators Roster". San Diego Aviators. 2018-05-18.
  21. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/players/marcus-willis/w521/player-activity?year=all&matchType=Doubles
  22. ^ https://www.atptour.com/en/news/marcus-willis-retirement-march-2021
  23. ^ https://www.touchtennis.com/gb/marcus-willis-512.php

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