JOHN Lloyd believes Ryan Peniston will embrace facing Andy Murray at Wimbledon today.

Wakering’s Peniston will take on the two-time champion on Centre Court this afternoon.

And BBC pundit Lloyd, who grew up in Leigh on Sea, is certain Peniston will not be overawed.

“Ryan’s a stable guy and he will play well, Lloyd told Echosport from Wimbledon.

“Whether that’s enough against Andy that’s a tough ask but I don’t think he will be overawed by it all.

“I think he will embrace the situation and go for it.

“It’s on Centre Court and what the heck, why not.”

The match, which will be the biggest of Peniston’s career so far, will be second on Centre Court today.

And Lloyd is still unsure whether or not it is a good first tie for Peniston.

“I think it must be a mixture of feelings for Ryan,” said Lloyd.

“In one way he will think it’s an honour to play Andy, which it is.

“But in an ideal world he would probably have wanted an easier first match.

“ It’s a mixture but I’m sure he will go about it the right way.

“Andy is a great champion and you can show everyone what you’ve got on the world stage.

Lloyd, like Peniston, attended Southend High School for Boys and won the mixed doubles twice at Wimbledon during his own playing career.

The 68-year-old now lives in Florida but still returns to Essex during Wimbledon.

“I was in Southend on Friday and will be back at the end of the week too,” said Lloyd.

“I always get my skate and chips and treacle tart with custard.”

Lloyd be paying close attention to today’s match and also has family links with Peniston.

Lloyd’s parents Dennis and Doris took a keen interest in the early stages of Peniston’s career.

And Peniston’s father Paul once also drew a portrait of Lloyd’s parents.

Peniston’s family, who are still based in Wakering, will be watching today’s clash courtside.

But his dad Paul only found out about the draw when taking a break from building a shed in his garden.

“I was out in the garden and it was only when I came in to get a glass of water that my Harry (Ryan’s brother) told me it was Andy Murray,” said Peniston.

“I immediately just thought Ryan would be over the moon and of course we’ll be there to support him.

“Ryan loves a crowd so I’m sure this is one he’s going to enjoy.”