Tennis - Willis wants another taste of Wimbledon fairytale

Britain's Marcus Willis (R) poses with opponent Switzerland's Roger Federer (L) at the start of their men's singles second round match on the third day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2016. (AFP Photo/GLYN KIRK )

- Marcus Willis who briefly captured the headlines at Wimbledon last year is praying he will be given a wild card for this year's renewal, he told Press Association Sport. The 26-year-old Englishman made a mockery of his world ranking of 772 to come through qualifying and then set up a second round meeting with Swiss master Roger Federer on Centre Court -- which he lost in straight sets. Willis has since married his girlfriend Jenny who was the person who convinced him to carry on plugging away with tennis resulting in the fairytale moment at Wimbledon. "It felt like I was on court for about five minutes," said Willis of his unlikely appearance on Centre Court. "Time flies by when you're having fun -- or being beaten up. It's crazy the more you think about it."

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