Wimbledon 2017: Marcus Willis stars again with doubles upset

British wildcards Marcus Willis and Jay Clarke pulled off a major upset in the Wimbledon men's doubles on Saturday by beating defending champions and second seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

By: Reuters | London | Published:July 9, 2017 12:04 pm
Willis, along with Clarke, will take on Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the third round. (Source: AP)

British wildcards Marcus Willis and Jay Clarke pulled off a major upset in the Wimbledon men’s doubles on Saturday by beating defending champions and second seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

Willis made a name for himself at Wimbledon last year when, ranked 772nd in the world, he battled through pre-qualifying, qualifying and the first round of the main draw before securing a meeting with Roger Federer.

The 26-year-old from Slough lost that game in straight sets but was unable to qualify for the singles draw this year, losing his final qualifier.

Willis, along with 18-year-old Clarke, will take on the pairing of Austrian Oliver Marach and Croatian Mate Pavic in the third round.

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