Wimbledon tennis star Marcus Willis has revealed he is to become a dad – and that the baby was conceived during the tournament.
Brit Marcus, 25, and fiancee Jenny Bate, 30, share their happy news in an exclusive interview and photoshoot in this week's HELLO! Magazine at the couple's home near Stratford-upon-Avon.
The couple opened up about their exciting news
"It's a dream come true, I'm really excited. Wimbledon was amazing but this is the best thing to come out of it," says Marcus, who had been set to quit tennis when he met Jenny in February, but she persuaded him to keep playing.
Marcus became a national hero at the tournament when, despite being ranked only at number 772, he beat Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis and made it through to the second round to face seven-times champion Roger Federer on Centre Court.
Divorced mother-of-two Jenny, whose baby is due on 12 March, reveals: "We think the baby was conceived after the Berankis game."
Read the full interview in this week's copy of HELLO!
The pregnancy was confirmed with a test. "I have never seen his face light up more. He said, 'This is the best news, it's better than Wimbledon.' I couldn't have wished for a better reaction," says Jenny.
"We have wondered if we should call the baby Roger or something Wimbledon-related. But we thought no, we'll stick to a normal name. We'll decide when we see its little face."
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