It was only a few months ago that Marcus Willis was on the verge of leaving his tennis career to become a coach in Philadelphia. Now, he's making strides at Wimbledon and has his girlfriend to thank for it. Willis stunned the tennis world on Monday when he beat Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis for a chance to face Roger Federer in the next round.
An unlikely winner, Willis who is ranked world No. 772, came through six qualifying matches to make his Wimbledon debut. Something that was just a pipe dream a few months ago. "It's an amazing dream come true. I get to play on a stadium court," he told ESPN. "This is what I dreamed of when I was younger." In February, the 25-year-old Briton nearly gave up on his dream, however his girlfriend, Jenny Bate encouraged him to stick with it. Click through the gallery to learn more about Bate. (Instagram)