|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 (2013-2021)|
|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: 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.
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. Willis attended St Paul's Primary School, Wokingham and The Forest School, Winnersh. Willis is married to Lindsay Doyle, an NHS dental surgeon and former beauty model whom he had met at a concert.
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.
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.
Junior Slam results - Singles:
Junior Slam results - Doubles:
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.
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, where he won $356. His failure to defend the previous year's points led to his ranking falling to number 772 by the start of Wimbledon.
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. 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. Willis was defeated by Federer 6–0, 6–3, 6–4 on Centre Court in the second round, receiving a standing ovation nevertheless.
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 both the singles and the doubles.
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. 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 Pavi? in the third round.
Willis retired in March, having continued to play Futures events in doubles through November 2020. However, his final match at professional level is considered to have taken place at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships - Men's Doubles Qualifying event.
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.
|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)|
|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 ?a?i?
|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|
|1.||Jay Clarke|| Nicolas Mahut
|Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom||Grass||2R||3-6, 6-1, 7-6(7-3), 5-7, 6-3||708|