RYAN Peniston cannot wait to compete at Wimbledon again – just months after fearing he may never play top level tennis again.

Peniston was sidelined by a troublesome wrist injury before and after his first ever appearance in the main singles draw at SW19 last summer.

And the 27-year old, from Great Wakering, feared for his future in the sport as he struggled to regain full fitness.

“I had some really tough times,” Peniston told Echosport.

“I had thoughts of never being able to be back here at Queen’s or be back at Wimbledon so I’m over the moon with it and it’s awesome news.

“There were definitely some points last year when I had my bad injury and I didn't know what the future held to be honest.

“So to be sitting here and be playing at Wimbledon in a couple weeks' time is amazing.”

Peniston’s wildcard for Wimbledon was confirmed just before his match with world number six Holger Rune in the second round of the cinch Championships at the Queen’s club this afternoon.

And the former Southend High School pupil was happy with how he fought against the second seed, despite his 6-3, 6-4 defeat.

“I was happy with how I competed and my attitude,” said Peniston.

“I was pleased with how I fought but sometimes it just doesn't go the way you want.

“Hats off to Holger he played a clean match today.

“He served really well and I didn't really get much look into any of his service games.”

Peniston beat French number one Ugo Humbert to set up his clash with Rune.

And Peniston confirmed he will be heading to Eastbourne next week to continue his preparations for Wimbledon.

“I will be playing Eastbourne next week but I don't know whether that will be the main draw or qualifying,” said Peniston.

“After that it’s Wimbledon and I'm looking forward to both tournaments.

“They're great opportunities for me.

“But it’s a high priority for me to stay healthy and be able to compete after the grass season.