Marcus Willis pulled off the most amazing of Wimbledon upsets this afternoon as he made it into the second round of Wimbledon – much to the joy of former champion Andy Murray.
Willis is currently ranked at number 772 in the world and was set to give up playing professionally to coach in the USA earlier this year before his girlfriend persuaded him otherwise.
And after making his way through six rounds of qualifying, Willis found himself lining up against world number 54, Ricardis Berankis on day one.
Many expected Berankis to walk all over the 25-year-old, however Willis made it through the match and cemented his place in the next round after winning in straight sets, 6-3 6-3 6-4.
His victory guarantees that the Slough-born player will walk away with £50,000 in prize money and he may even meet seven-time champion Roger Federer in the next round.
Needless to say, Willis’ victory caught the attention of fellow-Brit Andy Murray, who took to Twitter to congratulate him:
Marcus Willis?????? how good is that!
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) June 27, 2016
Willis’ surprise victory comes after Murray wrote a column for BBC Sport in which he claimed British players had the attributes to impress at this year’s championships.