Time for tennis to tackle the darker side of the Marcus Willis fairytale


Fortunately, Andy Murray, at all times a thoughtful soul, is just not blind to the strugglers’ lot. Having confirmed a spot on the Affiliation of Tennis Professionals’ participant council, he promised this week that he would assist extra of them to safe a residing wage. “We have to enhance the prize funds at Futures degree,” he stated. “It has stayed the identical because the Nineteen Eighties, whereas the price of the whole lot has gone up massively since then. There must be more cash on the backside of the sport.”
Had Willis misplaced throughout pre-qualifying for Wimbledon, he would in all probability have accepted a training job provide in Philadelphia and fallen out of competing perpetually. Take Andrew Fitzpatrick, one among Willis’s predecessors among the many British also-rans, whose excessive watermark was a rating of 457. In 2012, he schlepped to a event in Vietnam, unable to supply even half-decent lodging. That week, not lengthy after discovering all his cash stolen, he discovered himself the sufferer of an tried sexual assault. Who of their proper thoughts would keep residing on the ragged edge like this?  

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