Men's Tennis Adds England's Ryan Peniston to 2015 Roster
April 28, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team added another Englishman to the roster for the 2014-15 season as Ryan Peniston has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Tigers. Peniston trains at the ISP International Tennis School in Nice, France, and will join the Memphis roster in the fall of 2014.
"We are very excited to get a player the standard of Ryan," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "He is a very crafty, all-court player. His mental toughness and his tenacity will prove a strength in the college tennis game and he should also help us in doubles, as he has some very good junior results."
Peniston has been travelling around Europe playing in various tournaments while also training at ISP. A finalist in the Aegon British Junior Nationals over the summer, he has been competing in various Futures events, including the Great Britain F9 event in Bournemouth last weekend. Peniston will be the highest-ranked player to sign for the Tigers in this class, already carrying an ATP ranking. He earned his first professional singles point back in July at the Ilkley Futures event, winning his way through the qualifying draw to the main draw, then winning his first round match for his first pro point.
He will add professional doubles points to his rankings when they are next released after last weekend's results. In the doubles draw of the Aegon GB Pro-Series Bournemouth Event (Great Britain F9), he opened doubles play with a straight set win, then upended the tournament's No. 3 seed, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 10-7, to advance to the semifinals. There, Peniston and his doubles partner took the eventual tournament champs, and top seeded team, to a tiebreak, falling 6-4, 4-6, 10-4.
Peniston, who grew up in Great Wakering, was coached by his father early in his tennis career, then moved to ISP at age 13 to further his tennis training. He is the third English player to sign with Memphis for the upcoming 2014-15 collegiate season. He joins Andrew Watson (Reigate) and Shakeel Manji (Burton-Latimer). That trio will be joined by Germany's Kai Lemke and the Czech Republic's Tim Srkala in August of 2014. Srkala will come to Memphis in the fall after spending two years in the junior college system, playing at ASA College in New York City.
Peniston was also recruited by Mississippi State, Ohio State, Boise State, Oregon and Drake University and is one of five new Tigers for this fall. The five new players will replace a five-member senior class that complete their respective college careers in the coming month. The class of Cedric De Zutter (Eeklo, Belgium), Johnny Grimal (Barcelona, Spain), David O'Hare (Dublin, Ireland), David O'Leary (Coventry, England) and Joe Salisbury (London, England) are expecting to complete their NCAA careers in the NCAA Championships. The championship draw will be announced on Tuesday, April 29th, at 4 p.m. (CT). That five-member senior class has helped Memphis to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, advancing all the way to the Round of 16 last year. The back-to-back appearances in the NCAAs were the first-ever appearances in the team field, and the Tigers, currently ranked No. 21 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, are hoping to make it three straight trips with Tuesday's bracket announcement.
Peniston and his new Tiger teammates will join at least two returning players for the 2014-15 season. Connor Glennon (Loughborough, England) and Louis Asser (Bunbury, Australia) will both return for Memphis. Memphis is also hoping to get a medical exemption granted for current senior Ian Chadwell (Franklin, Tenn.). Glennon is ranked No. 63 in the country in college singles play. Asser just joined the Tigers in January and will be experiencing his first collegiate fall season in 2014 with the four new freshmen on the roster.