Monday 27 June 2022 12:42 AM That's smashing! It's a Wimbledon dream come true for tennis player, 26, who ... trends now

Monday 27 June 2022 12:42 AM That's smashing! It's a Wimbledon dream come true for tennis player, 26, who ... trends now
Monday 27 June 2022 12:42 AM That's smashing! It's a Wimbledon dream come true for tennis player, 26, who ... trends now

Monday 27 June 2022 12:42 AM That's smashing! It's a Wimbledon dream come true for tennis player, 26, who ... trends now

That's smashing! It's a Wimbledon dream come true for tennis player, 26, who beat cancer as a baby Ryan Peniston, 26, fulfils a dream today with his Wimbledon singles debut His parents found a lump on his thumb and he was diagnosed with cancer  Surgery and two bouts of chemotherapy followed before he was given all-clear 

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Having fought cancer at the age of only one, Wimbledon wildcard Ryan Peniston is no stranger to adversity.

After his parents found a lump on his thumb, rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare cancer which forms in soft tissue – was diagnosed.

Surgery and two bouts of chemotherapy followed before Peniston was given the all-clear 18 months later.

The 26-year-old, from Great Wakering, Essex, fulfils a dream today with his Wimbledon singles debut against Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen. 

After his parents found a lump on his thumb, rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare cancer which forms in soft tissue – was diagnosed

After his parents found a lump on his thumb, rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare cancer which forms in soft tissue – was diagnosed

He said overcoming cancer can help him on court as it 'gives me a lot of strength. It was a really tough time in my life, and especially for my parents and brothers.

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