Here we take a look at Ryan Peniston’s parents, ethnicity and coach as the British tennis star plays his first match at Wimbledon 2022.
Wimbledon is in full swing with Day 2 set to commence today, June 28. We’ve already seen a number of Brits in action on Day 1, including British women’s No.1 Emma Raducanu, who overcame Alison Van Uytvanck.
We also saw former champion Andy Murray return to SW19, with the two-time champion defeating Australia’s James Duckworth.
However, as ever at Wimbledon, there are numerous, lesser-known Brits making up the main draw. One of which is Ryan Peniston, who beat Henri Laaksonen in straight sets to advance to the next round.
His career so far
26-year-old Ryan Peniston was born in Southend, UK on 10 November 1995. He has battled the odds to reach Wimbledon, surviving rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, as a child.
Unfortunately, cancer slowed Ryan’s growth as a youngster. He had to have surgery to remove a tumour as well as chemotherapy. By the time he was 16, he was much smaller than his classmates.
Peniston would graduate from the University of Memphis tennis program to climb the rankings and become the British number 6. He has a career high ranking of 147 and has been on a tear recently during the grass-court season, earning himself a wildcard for this year’s Wimbledon.
At Queens, he beat number one seed and French Open finalist Casper Ruud before beating world number 29 Holge Rune at Eastbourne last week.
Ryan Peniston’s parents and ethnicity
Ryan Peniston and his parents lived in Southend and now live in Great Wakering, a village four miles east of the resort town. Ryan was reportedly three years old when he started playing tennis and has been doing so ever since.
Ryan Peniston’s ethnicity is mixed as his father, Paul Peniston, is of British descent while his mother has Asian heritage.
Ryan shared a picture of his mother when he was a baby last year:
He also shared a photo of his parents back in 2016:
His dad on his recent run at Queens
Speaking about his recent run at Queens, Paul Peniston said (via Yahoo Sports!):
“I do get extremely nervous watching. I’ve had to walk away when he’s been playing before because of how nervous I’ve been.
“I didn’t walk off today but I nearly did if I’m honest. My wife knows what I’m like though and made sure I sat in the corner so I couldn’t get out.
“But it was lovely to watch and I do always love to watch him. I like his style and he’s honestly a lovely kid but he does like to get his use out of a court!”
Ryan also has two brothers and often posts pictures with them to Instagram:
Who is Ryan Peniston’s coach at Wimbledon?
Ryan’s father introduced him to tennis and was his coach for a while when he was younger. However, since January, Ryan Peniston has been working with coach Mark Taylor on a more regular basis.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Taylor said: “It’s fantastic and I really enjoy working with him.”
“Ryan is someone you can challenge and he’s respectful too. He has a great attitude and is a good lad.”
“It’s been fantastic and Wimbledon will be a really exciting time.”
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