WILLIS FALLS SHORT OF RETURN
Marcus Willis’s dreams of another day on Centre Court at Wimbledon evaporated as the Englishman lost in the final round of qualifying. The 26-year-old, who defied his ranking of 772 to reach the Wimbledon second round and a Centre Court date against Roger Federer in 2016, lost 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 to Ukrainian Ilya Marchenko in a match where both players required attention from the trainer. Marchenko, seeded ninth and ranked 117 in the world to Willis’s 374, had a problem with his neck while the lefthanded Englishman called for the trainer and played on with a knee strapped up. Willis, who won six qualifiers to reach the main draw 12 months ago where his magical run was eventually ended by Swiss star Federer, will have to content himself with appearing in the doubles at the grass-court grand slam event in London next week for which he has obtained a wild card. The 18-yearold, whose talent has been recognised by being invited along to train with both the British Davis Cup team and by world No 1 and fellow Briton Andy Murray at the French Open, went down 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.