Even Roger Federer appreciates the novelty of the journey that brought his out-of-nowhere opponent to their second-round match at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Who wouldn't be fascinated by the tale?
Marcus Willis is a 25-year-old British tennis instructor who charges about $40 an hour for lessons, lives with his parents, is ranked 772nd in the world, and had never played a tour-level — let alone Grand Slam — match until a victory Monday.
He was ready to give up on his goal of becoming a full-time professional player until being persuaded by his new girlfriend to stick with it.
He was the last man invited to a playoff for low-ranked Brits to try to earn a wild-card entry...