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Marcus Willis


Apparently playing world team tennis again this year. This time for San Diego.

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A bit of a Brit fest with Naomi also in the same team.

That little corner of the world is sporting Nirvana. I can see the attraction, being paid to prepare to play with excellent local facilities.

Lots of money locally, good coaches, great weather produce lots of depth locally probably comparable with the output of British tennis. There is a link. If anyone ever goes that way the municipal tennis set up in Bilbao Park were the likes of Agassi beat Sampras as a kid and Taylor Fritz played a lot of junior tennis is impressive. 28 courts with one set aside for 24/7 competitive tennis, a winner stays on court! The coaches running for the last three decades are brothers (one played on tour in the 80's) and the sons of a British ex pat about 90 who himself was an excellent tennis player and played football for Cheltenham town.

The High Schools also churn out an inordinate number of baseball players and footballers.

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The zoo is quite good too.

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Never been always get distracted by the tennis courts!

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Oakland2002 wrote:

Never been always get distracted by the tennis courts!


Shame about Marcus wink



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Marcus got distracted too - by the money !

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Oakland2002 wrote:

A bit of a Brit fest with Naomi also in the same team.

That little corner of the world is sporting Nirvana. I can see the attraction, being paid to prepare to play with excellent local facilities.

Lots of money locally, good coaches, great weather produce lots of depth locally probably comparable with the output of British tennis. There is a link. If anyone ever goes that way the municipal tennis set up in Bilbao Park were the likes of Agassi beat Sampras as a kid and Taylor Fritz played a lot of junior tennis is impressive. 28 courts with one set aside for 24/7 competitive tennis, a winner stays on court! The coaches running for the last three decades are brothers (one played on tour in the 80's) and the sons of a British ex pat about 90 who himself was an excellent tennis player and played football for Cheltenham town.

The High Schools also churn out an inordinate number of baseball players and footballers.


Reminds me of the time I turned up at Golden Gate Park once in San Francisco with no racquet or kit to speak of. They fixed me up in next to no time. The courts and changing facilities were free. I soon had someone to play with and ended up going there several times during my stay. All very welcoming and easy. I cannot think it was just my English accent.



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Says he has an elbow injury on Twitter and will be out for a bit.

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He won the National Premier League doubles at the weekend...could be related.

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Marcus has been down at Surbiton, recently, offering 20 mins of hitting for 20.

Quite a few people took him up on it and seemingly enjoyed it.

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I saw him on youtube tonight playing at The Boodles - serving and volleying OK.

Lost to Jaziri in MTB



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Ah, the Marcus Willis roadshow ...

It's different anyway.

And he certainly has a personality which can be good for him and possibly more generally for tennis if he can find a niche.



-- Edited by indiana on Wednesday 27th of June 2018 09:38:07 PM

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The poet Melvin B. Tolson once said, 'A civilization is judged only in its decline.' That made sense to me. I would imagine the same is true for poets and tennis players. " wink

Typo

-- Edited by Strongbow on Wednesday 27th of June 2018 09:59:54 PM



-- Edited by Strongbow on Wednesday 27th of June 2018 10:01:54 PM

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Marcus clearly working on his fitness right now although whether that is to get back on court is another matter.

In this case, he is preparing for a half marathon and will be raising funds for the NSPCC so I thought I would give him a shout out on here in case anyone wants to support him.

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/willbomb90

He has told me that his target time for the run is 2 hours.



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I see Marcus did a Twitter Q & A earlier today. I see one question he was asked was if he had knocked it on the head or will he be giving it another go. His response was.

Most likely returning to play doubles next year! May go on another singles rampage. We will see!

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