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  • World No. 772 continues Wimbledon fairy tale into second round

    Jackie Bamberger at Busted Racquet21 hrs ago

    Just a few short months ago, Marcus Willis was ready to quit tennis.

    Now, the 25-year-old is moving on to Wimbledon’s second round in the midst of an improbable underdog run.

    The Brit, who owns an ATP ranking of 772, defeated Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Monday after fighting through pre-qualifying and qualifying rounds to even get to the tournament’s main draw.

    Before Wimbledon, Willis had played in just one tournament this year, a January event in Tunisia. He reached the quarterfinals and netted just $356.

    With his prospects of breaking through to the next level growing slimmer, Willis considered hanging it all up and taking a coaching position in Philadelphia. But something changed.

    “I was adamant I was going to go to America to coach,” Willis told the New York Times. “I had called up someone about the visa — and then I met a girl. She basically told me I was an idiot and that I should keep going, and I’m very grateful for that.”

    He received the very last slot in a Wimbledon’s wild-card playoff, and won six matches to break through into the main draw.

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