Published on 19 Jun 2022 3:21 pm (UK Time)
Fresh from getting to the quarter-finals of the Queens Club Championship Ryan Peniston has been given a wildcard for the Eastbourne International and faces Holger Rune tomorrow.
Speaking at a press conference at Devonshire Park today, Peniston reflected on the success he had at Queens, “I’ve had a lot of nice messages and support from people. I took a bit of time yesterday to relax and chill out. It’s starting to set in but it’s been a really nice couple of days.
“There’s a few things that I am getting used to. Definitely the media stuff! It’s a lot different than on the Futures and the Challenger Tour. But a lot of the stuff is also the same it’s just a tennis ball that I am hitting over the net. So I’m focussing on playing my best tennis.”
The player from Southend is hoping his recent form will be a springboard for more success. “My schedule has changed a little bit. Definitely after the last few weeks. I’m still going to play in the tournaments that I was planning to play. I might be able to some bigger ones so that would be nice.”Embed from Getty Images Read more : https://worldinsport.com/the-big-3′-on-grass/
When asked about the home support he is getting the 26 year old replied. “It’s really nice. Three weeks ago I wasn’t used to playing in-front of home crowds but it’s super nice to have British fans there cheering. So I’ll just try and use it as a positive.”
Peniston suffered from soft tissue cancer as a Child, Young Lives vs Cancer reposted one of his Instagram posts and the player hopes he can use his platform to inspire others. “I’d like to spread awareness and do what I can to help people going through similar things.”
Peniston faces Holger Rune tomorrow and expects a tough challenge. “I’m feeling good. Definitely taken some confidence from last week. Holger is a really good player. Everyone in this tournament are all great players. I’m going to take it like every other match and do my best.”
Peniston has also been granted a Wildcard for Wimbledon this year and Peniston hopes playing at Eastbourne will help in his preparation before playing in SW19. “It’s a good lead up tournament and another great British grass event. I’m thankful for the opportunity and hoping to capitalise on it.”