What a Month! Willis announces engagement after fairy-tale Wimbledon run

by: Kamakshi Tandon | July 20, 2016

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The Brit came through pre-qualifying to set up a match against Federer on Centre Court. (AP)

Britain's Marcus Willis, who gained fame by coming from pre-qualifying to reach the second round of Wimbledon, is engaged to his girlfriend, Jennifer Bate.

Bate, a dentist, became a recognizable figure at the event. She was seen courtside during his matches, and was credited with persuading Willis to keep playing professionally. 

Willis, who entered the tournament ranked No. 772 but is now No. 456, announced the engagement on social media.

 

She said Yes!!! Couldn't be happier. #onfire #engaged #willyonarampage

A photo posted by Marcus Willis (@willbomb90) on

 

Woman crush Wednesday. #hello #yep #teamcurlers #willyonarampage #wcw

A photo posted by Marcus Willis (@willbomb90) on

Willis played Roger Federer in the second round on Centre Court, falling in straight sets but producing some entertaining rallies for a packed crowd. The following day, he returned to play doubles in his local league.

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