Wimbledon hero Marcus Willis refused to wear 'The Sun' logo over Hillsborough coverage
Published 01/07/2016 | 16:59
Wimbledon tennis hero Marcus Willis is reported to have rejected a £15,000 cash windfall from The Sun newspaper, after refusing to wear their logo in his Centre Court showdown with Roger Federer due to his allegiances to Liverpool FC.
Willis has been the talk of sport following his incredible run from tennis obscurity and into the main draw at Wimbledon, with a first round win over world No.54 Ricardas Berankis on Monday setting up his dream date with tennis icon Federer.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, his story inspired The Sun to offer him a one-off payment to wear their logo on his shirt as he made his debut on the most famous tennis court in the world, but Willis rejected the offer as the newspaper remains blacklisted by all Liverpool fans due to their controversial coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.
Reds supporters have refused to be associated with The Sun since the tragedy that claimed the lives of 96 of the club's supporters and Willis is certain to receive acclaim for his stance from his fellow Liverpool fans.
Willis could have done with the cash on offer as he had earned just £220 this year from his faltering tennis career prior to his Wimbledon heroics, but his principles ensured he would not be associated with a newspaper that will never be forgiven by Liverpool fans for their reporting on the worst sporting tragedy in English football history.
Willis lost 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 to Federer on Wednesday, with his story said to be the subject of interest from movie makers looking to turn his real life fairy tale into a big screen epic.
Willis collected £50,000 for his run at Wimbledon and has promised to 'treat himself to a beer' ahead of what he hopes will be the belated launch of his tennis career at the age of 25.