Saturday 1 October 2016

Marcus Willis' girlfriend Jennifer Bate steals the show after his first round victory at Wimbledon

Published 28/06/2016 | 07:49

Jennifer Bate, at Wimbledon in London, after her boyfriend Marcus Willis, won his first round match
Jennifer Bate, at Wimbledon in London, after her boyfriend Marcus Willis, won his first round match
Pippa Middleton arrives on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Marcus Willis' girlfriend Jenny Bate celebrates his victory over Ricardas Berankis on day One of the Wimbledon Championships
Pippa Middleton in the royal box on day One of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Pippa and James Middleton in the royal box on day One of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Rebel Wilson arrives on day one of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Jennifer Bate, at Wimbledon in London, after her boyfriend Marcus Willis, won his first round match

Marcus Willis might be tennis' overnight superstar, but all eyes were on his girlfriend Jennifer Bate as she cheered on her other half to victory.

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Willis, of Great Britain, made his Wimbledon debut on Monday and celebrated his unexpected first round victory (he is the second lowest ranking player in the tournament) with his new girlfriend.

Jennifer, a dental surgeon, recently started dating the budding tennis star but said she only caught the game because of a product malfunction at work.

“I was meant to be at work today. Last week, the suction had been a bit dodgy so we cleaned it all out and thought it would be fine. I got in this morning and we managed to do the first patient, but it wasn’t working that well, and then it stopped working," she told The Telegraph.

Jennifer Bate, at Wimbledon in London, after her boyfriend Marcus Willis, won his first round match
Jennifer Bate, at Wimbledon in London, after her boyfriend Marcus Willis, won his first round match

“I got so stressed. I’d come to work and I was missing the game. I called my boss to ask what to do and he said we would have to get the engineer in. So we had to cancel all the patients for the afternoon.

“I wasn’t even going to be here. I was not expecting this – that was incredible tennis.”

The 30-year-old said she instantly fell for Willis after meeting at a concert and convinced him to give his tennis career one more shot after revealing his plans to move to the US for a coaching job. Yesterday, he was ranked 772nd in the world.

“A week after I met him he said he was going to America and he’d given up on tennis. My brother loves tennis and said to me 'this guy is a big deal’ and so I told him we believed in him, give it a shot, it’s worth it – and he did," she added.

Marcus Willis' girlfriend Jenny Bate celebrates his victory over Ricardas Berankis on day One of the Wimbledon Championships
Marcus Willis' girlfriend Jenny Bate celebrates his victory over Ricardas Berankis on day One of the Wimbledon Championships

Day one of Wimbledon attracted a host of famous faces including Pippa Middleton and her brother James, actress Rebel Wilson and singer Sam Smith.

Great Britain's Marcus Willis celebrates with friends after winning his match against Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis. Picture: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Great Britain's Marcus Willis celebrates with friends after winning his match against Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis. Picture: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Pippa Middleton in the royal box on day One of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Pippa Middleton in the royal box on day One of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

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