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Brit Marcus Willis to take on Federer

Marcus Willis Credit: PA

British tennis player Marcus Willis' first appearance on Wimbledon's Centre Court will see him take on Roger Federer in the last match on court.

Willis, ranked 772nd in the world, beat world number 54 Ricardas Berankis on Monday booking his second round clash with the Swiss.

He came close to quitting tennis earlier in the year, but his girlfriend, Jenny, convinced him to give it another go.

Rain saw a number of matches postponed on Tuesday, including that of Brit Heather Watson who was due to take on Annika Beck.

Birmingham's Dan Evans called up for Davis Cup duty

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Birmingham's Dan Evans has been called up to replace Kyle Edmund as Great Britain’s No. 2 singles player for the Davis Cup semifinal against Australia.

Evans is ranked 300th in the world and faces a tough match against an opponent who is more than 250 places above him in the world rankings.

He will take on Australia's Bernard Tomic in the second rubber at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Friday.

Greg Rusedski in Nottingham to teach tennis hopefuls

Greg Rusedski at the Nottingham Masters 2009 - Day One - Nottingham Tennis Centre Credit: PA

The former British Tennis number one Greg Rusedski is in Nottingham today to encourage more people to take up the sport.

He'll be joining hundreds of people in the city's Old Market Square as part of the free event organised by the Lawn Tennis Association.

It's ahead of the Aegon Open in Nottingham, where international tennis stars will descend on the city for the tournament from June 6th.


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Birmingham's Jordanne Whiley makes history at US Open

Birmingham's Jordanne Whiley has won the Wheelchair women's doubles title at the US Open.

Great Britain's Jordanne Whiley Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

22-year-old Whiley and her partner, Yui Kamiji of Japan, won the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, to take the title and complete a calendar Grand Slam, becoming the first ever players in Great Britain and Japan to do so.

Stars recreate famous Athena poster as dress goes under the hammer

With news that the famous white tennis dress worn in the Athena tennis posters from the 1970s is going under the hammer, we've been looking at the famous faces who've recreated the image.

Amanda Holden recreates the famous Athena photo ahead of Wimbledon 2014 Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Most recently, Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden paid homage to the famous photograph that was taken in Birmingham in the 1970s.

Lot to be auctioned on Womens' Finals Day in July Credit: Fieldings Auctioneers

The famous lot of the print, the white tennis dress and the racquet that featured in the photograph will be auctioned in Stourbridge on 5th July.

Famous tennis girl poster dress to be auctioned

The white tennis dress made famous in the iconic Tennis Girl poster of the 1970s is going to be auctioned off in the West Midlands next month.

Fieldings Auctioneers will sell off the famous dress, racquet and photographs on 5th July Credit: Fieldings Auctioneers

The dress is handmade with lace trim and was made famous in the photograph taken on a Birmingham University tennis court in 1976.

The photograph was taken by the late Martin Elliott and featured his then-girlfriend Fiona Butler from Worcestershire.

Fiona Walker, the woman in the famous Athena poster poses with an original copy at Christie's in London. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The photograph sold more than two million copies worldwide.

The dress, tennis racquet and two posters will go under the hammer at Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge on Wimbledon Ladies' Finals day - Saturday 5th July.

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