Marcus Willis interview - What he said

Marcus Willis stunned Wimbledon with a first-round win over Ricardas Berankis on Monday and then had the assembled media eating out of the palm of his hand.

Here are some of the choice quotes from his press conference.

On how he was feeling…

"Not much going on in my head right now. It's a bit of a blur. But it's all positive. It's got out of hand. A little bit out of hand. I'm enjoying it. Yeah, keep it rolling."

On responding to chants from his fans…

"I can't explain that to you. They wanted to take your shoes off. I put a shoe in the air, as well. Joined along with it. Keeps me relaxed, to be honest."

On his plans to quit tennis before Wimbledon and being asked not to by his girlfriend…

"I've been coaching at the Warwick Boat Club. I had options in Philadelphia. Nothing was dead set. But, yeah, it was an option I had. Don't know if I would have gone or not. But, yeah, I met the girl. She told me not to, so I didn't. Do what I'm told."

On superstitions…

"I've been staying in the same hotel and eating the same meal every night. It's killing me a little bit, but I'm going to keep doing it. I had tomato, pepper pasta with added chicken on. Really interesting."

On how long he was booked to stay in London for…

"I check out every single morning. I mean, I'm not a heavy favourite for any match I've been playing, so... I'll go and sort it out after this. I'm sure I'll stay in the same hotel and eat the same meal."

On his minimum earnings of £50,000…

"More than I've earned this year. It's amazing. It's lovely."

On if he had seen the movie 'Wimbledon'…

"I haven't. People are telling me about it, but I've never seen it, really. I'm not a massive film watcher. I'm quite fidgety. I'm more of a doer than a watcher."

On what he would have normally been doing while the match was on…

"What day is it? Monday. (Coaching) Mini Reds 4pm to 5pm. Then a 14-year-old boy, got on the rating tour. I need to look at my diary. I keep getting new lessons every now and again."

On the difference between himself and Federer…

"He's a little bit better than me. I didn't think I'd be answering these questions in a million years."

On how he was in the past…

"I was a bit of a loser. I was overweight. I just looked myself in the mirror, I said, 'You're better than this'."


More in this Section

'We are entitled to dream a little' after beating All Blacks, says former Ireland captain

Michael Johnson uses Olympic mindset to help recovery from stroke

Generosity of Liverpool people is 'overwhelming' say brothers of Sean Cox

Football rumours from the media


Breaking Stories

As the I’m A Celeb stars enter the camp – 8 ways to make new friends

International Men’s Day – these male celebrities are changing the conversation around masculinity

Mumford and Sons achieve something many bands attempt but rarely pull off

Ensuring Britain is still open for the business of arts

More From The Irish Examiner