Marcus Willis says he’s determined to come back stronger after he lost to Roger Federer yesterday.
The world No 772 saw his Wimbledon fairytale come to an end after a 6-0 6-3 6-4 defeat to tennis ace, Federer.
Willis had captivated the All England Club with his unlikely progress this week and although the world No 772 eventually succumbed to a 6-0 6-3 6-4 second round defeat against Swiss star Federer, he departed with a renewed belief that he can hold his own among the elite.
Just months ago Willis, who works as a coach to children and senior citizens at the Warwick Boat Club in the Midlands, was considering calling time on a tennis career that appeared to be going nowhere after he squandered his early potential.
But, persuaded to give it one last shot by his new girlfriend, Willis battled through to the main draw at Wimbledon via six qualifying matches before beating world No 54 Ricardas Berankis in the first round.
The 25-year-old had earned just $200 (£149) on the men’s tour this year, and now his bank balance has been boosted by $63,000 (£46,837).
“I’m not here for money. It’s an added bonus, it’s great. I can clear my debts. But I love competing, playing tennis,” he said.
“I will keep training as I have been. That’s not going to change. I have time to hit my peak in a few years.
“In my junior days I had a blip. It happens. Do I have regrets? Maybe, but I’m getting on with it, not thinking about negativity.
“I have a lot to work on, a lot to improve. So that’s exciting for me if I’m playing like this.”