RYAN Peniston is eager to make 2022 his best year yet.

The 26-year-old, from Great Wakering, has risen to number 264 in the tennis world rankings.

But Peniston is hungry for more during the next 12 months.

“I’m aiming to make a push through to the ATP tour in 2022 and keep going up in the rankings,” said Peniston.

“I was very pleased with how my 2021 season went to be honest.

“Even though it was strange at times, I managed to find some good form and improve my ranking.

“But I want to build on that now and make sure I do even better this year.”

And Peniston’s year has already started in unusual fashion as he started off by playing in Australia.

“I’m starting off my season in Australia which is a first for me,” said Peniston.

“I’ve played in two tournaments and had been hoping to get into qualifying for the Australian Open.”

But, while down under, Peniston got to train with three time grand slam winner Andy Murray.

And Peniston, who played at Southend Lawn and Garon Park in his youth, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“Hitting with Andy has been great for me,” said the left-hander.

“It’s always a great opportunity to play with someone who has such a high level and he’s a nice guy on top of that too.”

Murray trained with Peniston in the build up to his Australian Open campaign which he started with a five set win against 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili.