Bet of the day: Marcus Willis wins final Wimbledon qualifying match
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | June 23, 2016
Coral’s bet of the day
- World number 775 Willis is one away from main draw
- The 25-year-old has already beaten a top 100 player
- Willis defeated a higher-ranked Russian than Medvedev too
Willis is 10/3 to beat Medvedev
Unknown British tennis pro Marcus Willis, way down at 775 in the ATP rankings, is just one win away from reaching the 2016 Wimbledon main draw, and next faces Daniil Medvedev to achieve that feat.
It is from this third qualifying round clash on the nearby Roehampton courts that Coral have picked out their Thursday bet of the day, with tempting odds of 10/3 for the home hope just to win.
Read on to find out why you should back this tasty price…
Willis, 25, has already come through two matches against much higher opposition, and in fact Medvedev is ranked the lowest of the three at 231.
Slough-born Willis, who won two Futures titles last year, shocked top 100 Japanese player Yuichi Sugita in the opening round in three sets, and following that encounter he expressed his delight.
Willis “playing with a clear head”
“It’s been a tough few months,” he said. “I’ve tried to find my own tennis over the past year, but it’s been very difficult. I got injured, twice, and I’m coaching at the Warwick Boat Club alongside training.
“Over the last year I’ve had a bit of a rough time, but I’ve got a great group of people around me. I started relaxing, going for my forehand again, which has been key for me, and playing with a clear head.”
After his victory over Sugita, left-hander Willis then toppled Russian teenager Andrey Rublev (ranked 203), and now faces his compatriot Medvedev.
The duo have never met before, but Willis will know that he’ll have the backing of his home crowd, to reach the Wimbledon main draw for the first time in his career.