With the Brexit decision stealing Wimbledon’s normal British late June headline domination, a match between a powerful European force and a British underdog this week at the All-England Club seems like a metaphor. At least the stock markets and the betting markets see the two as near equals — odds against a solo Britain and against Willis are both long in early trading.
Ranked No. 772 in the world, Briton Marcus Willis, age 25, will take on the graceful symbol of tennis itself — the Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. Fellow UK player — and World No. 2 — Andy Murray wishes Marcus Willis well in an article for the BBC. Writing that Marcus Williams’ story would “make anyone feel good,” Murray, of course, is from Scotland, whose government has declared that it did not wish to leave the EU as the British vote dictates it must. Murray is glad that “the British players are providing a feelgood factor so far. But,” he says “the way the country is run is more important than any sporting event.” Roger Federer has plans to make Willis brexit — er, exit — too. Murray hopes he keeps the feelgood story going.