Here’s everything you need to know about Ryan Peniston – the tennis star who knocked Casper Ruud out of the Queen’s Club Championships.
Ryan Peniston started his ATP Tour main draw debut with a surprising 7: 6 (7: 4). 7:6 (7:2) victory over Norwegian top seed Casper Ruud.
Ruud previously reached a career-high of five after being beaten by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final earlier this month, but his queen’s campaign has come to an abrupt end.
Meanwhile, Peniston spoke about his joy after the win, saying: “I can’t really believe it, it feels like a dream.
“I didn’t sleep much last night thinking about the game. It doesn’t feel real.”
In the next round he now meets the Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo.
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Who is Ryan Peniston?
Ryan Peniston is a 26 year old tennis player from Essex.
He is ranked 180th in the world – a whopping 175 places behind Ruud.
What makes Peniston’s rise even more impressive is that he survived rhabdomyosarcoma – a soft tissue cancer – and underwent surgery and chemotherapy as a teenager.
Following his win over Ruud, Peniston spoke about his cancer and said he hopes his family is “very proud” of his journey.
“It was definitely a difficult start in my life,” said the left-hander.
“I can’t remember much, but I think from my parents and my brothers it must have been a pretty tough time.
“I hope I made her proud and I’m sure it will be a bit emotional for her and for me too.”
At just 13, Peniston moved to Nice, France to train at the ISP Tennis Academy before entering college at 18.
The Brit graduated from the University of Memphis tennis program and was also part of the GB University team that won the nation’s first team gold medal at Master’U championships.
During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Peniston competed in the Battle of the Brits tournament and lost in the final set tiebreak to Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie.
In 2021 he received a wildcard in the singles and doubles main draws of the Nottingham Open before receiving another wildcard in the doubles main draws of the 2021 Queen’s Club Championships where he played alongside Liam Broady.
On the same day that Peniston secured his win over Ruud, he was also handed a wild card to Wimbledon.