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Billy Harris gives a fist pump after winning his first round match at the Rothesay International Eastbourne
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Rothesay International Eastbourne 2024: Billy Harris’s grass court season moves from strength to strength

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The summer grass court season just keeps getting better and better for 29-year-old Billy Harris.

The Isle of Man native booked a second round spot in only his third ATP Tour main draw at the Rothesay International Eastbourne on Monday – adding to his semi-finals at the Lexus Surbiton Trophy, Rothesay Open Nottingham and the quarter-final at the cinch Championships last week.

Harris – who reached a new career-high ranking at world No.139 today – opened up the action on the Eastbourne Centre Court with a 6-4, 7-6(7) win against fellow Brit Jacob Fearnley.

“It’s my first time in Eastbourne, it’s a great court to play on and it felt great out there,” he said after his first round victory.

“I definitely gained some confidence from last week but at the same time, it was a very tough match. Jacob won his last tournament and beat a lot good players so I knew I had to be really on my game for these matches.”

The impressive run of results comes as reward for many years of hard work and grinding out results on the ITF and ATP Challenger Tours.

Last week, the Briton had the chance to realise one of his childhood dreams – walking out to play on the famous Queen’s Club Centre Court in front of a packed out home crowd.

Now up to British No.5, Harris is also set to play in his first Grand Slam main draw at Wimbledon next week.

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“It’s amazing to be playing on home soil and in front of the British fans,” he said. “I really enjoyed playing at Queen’s Centre Court – it was always a dream of mine to play there and at Wimbledon. That has definitely been number one in my career so far.

“I’m very excited (for Wimbledon). Again, I’ve always wanted to play main draw there and I know it’s going to be a special day stepping out on court there.”

When asked about the reason behind his uplift in form, Harris said: “I think I’ve got a good team around me. My Dad, Colin Beecher (LTA NTC National Coach) has been helping a lot, the fitness guys at the LTA, nutritionists, etc, so I have a nice set up when I’m in England. Then it’s just staying dedicated week by week and all the little things start to add up.”

Harris will play another Brit – Charles Broom – in the second round after second seed and cinch Championships title-winner Tommy Paul pulled out of this year’s competition.

The Brits recently faced each other at the Rothesay Open Nottingham, with Broom coming through in straight sets to reach the final.

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