LONDON, UK — Former Memphis Tigers men's tennis player Ryan Peniston earned a big win at the Cinch Championships in London Tuesday, upsetting World No. 5 Casper Ruud 7-6(4), 7-6(2) to reach the second round.
The British native entered the tournament as a wild card, and the win is the biggest of his young career.
Peniston was making his Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour debut.
Ruud, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, bumped down to No. 6 in the world after the match.
Peniston played for the Tigers from 2014 to 2018, serving as a fixture in the team's doubles matches and playing regular singles play as well.