The 24-year-old Ryan Peniston is enjoying his time at the UK Pro Classic in Weybridge, beating Daniel Cox on Friday to remain on the title course. The Southend-On-Sea native is yet to make a name for himself, scoring eight Challenger wins and lifting two Futures crowns in a career, hoping for a better run once the season resumes.
The other Briton wants the same but on a much higher level, with the three-time Major champion, Andy Murray, preparing for the USA's trip. A former US Open champion will compete at two events in New York, eager to feel the magic at Majors again and test his skills against the world's best players.
After all kinds of troubles in the past four years, Murray would love to experience a couple more Major runs, focusing on the most significant events. In 2016, Murray raised his game to another level, finishing the season with nine trophies and 78 wins and battling for the year-end no.
1 spot with Novak Djokovic. After conquering Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna, Paris, and the ATP Finals, Andy secured the honor, producing one of the most solid finishes in the Open era and becoming world no. 1 in November. Andy stayed at the top until Wimbledon next year, but the challenging previous season had to leave a mark on him, struggling with a hip injury and missing all the action after the All England Club.
Undergoing surgery in January 2018, Andy returned at Queen's, playing 12 matches that year and opting for another surgery in January 2019 after that epic clash against Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne. Determined to extend his career, Murray won the doubles title at Queen's with Feliciano Lopez for a perfect comeback last June, winning the first ATP singles title since Dubai 2017 in Antwerp in October and moving closer to the place in the top-100.
At the Davis Cup Finals, Andy endured another setback, experiencing a pelvic injury that forced him to skip the ATP Cup, the Australian Open and other events at the beginning of 2020. "I was really pleased with my performance today; the first set couldn't have gone better.
He started serving better in the second set, and it was a bit tougher, but I managed to pull it out in the end. I'm definitely feeling good about the weekend and I'm going for the title - I'm excited about the matches that I've got ahead.
It's materialized throughout the week - when I first started playing, I just wanted to get into my game and into a rhythm. As it's gone on, I'm seeing the No. 1 spot as the goal. I'm pretty excited about Andy Murray's USA trip.
I don't think I've ever seen a guy working so hard on and off the court. The things he does to take care of his body is just insane. I'm pumped for him, and I think he's going to do well and surprise a few people.
It's just a case of his body holding up - if he takes care of his body, I think he's going to be in the right place. There's not a ball that he's not 100% focussed on, and off the court, he's doing everything he can to give him that edge against players. He is a dark horse, and no one would love to play against him," Ryan Peniston said.