RYAN Peniston may have missed out on the main draw of the Lexus Surbiton Trophy but feels he can match his grass-court form of old this season.

The 28-year-old overcame Australian Luke Saville 6-3 6-1 but fell to fellow Brit Kyle Edmund in straight sets at the final hurdle of men’s qualifying on Monday.

Peniston bounced back to the grass after snapping two ligaments in his ankle, tearing another in February.

But, following a fleeting attempt at the French Open, Peniston is ready to put his all into England’s finest tennis lawns this summer.

He said: “I didn’t get the result I wanted but it was really nice competing on the grass.

“I’ve had a lot of success on the grass court over the past few seasons and I’ve had a tough time with injury so far but it doesn’t get better playing on the grass.

“I can’t get ahead of myself and I’m just trying to do what I can and my best to recreate that.

“A lot of British players feel pressure but it’s a really good opportunity for them, it’s definitely exciting.

“You’ve got to do your best to enjoy it, we’d rather have these opportunities than not have them so we’ll try and go for that.

“I had a good first set, I was up serving for the set serving and didn’t manage to close it out, but it went pretty fast after that.”

Peniston made his main draw singles debut at the Queen’s Club Championships as a wildcard two years ago where he upset top seed Casper Ruud in straight sets.

Last year, he received a Wimbledon wildcard after reaching the second round at Queen’s, Nottingham and Surbiton.

Despite defeat in south-west London, Peniston is not ruling out another bout on the manicured lawns of SW19 this summer.

He added: “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t something I thought about but most of the time on the grass season, but I think you’ve just got to go out there and enjoy each match.

“Me and Kyle have spent a decent amount of time in the physio room at NTC, we spend a lot of time together so we’ve been encouraging each other as well so it’s nice to be competing.

“It comes down to the fact that we both love the sport and love competing and that’s all we try to use to stay motivated.”

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