Ancient philosophy, cryptocurrencies and minigolf among the hobbies of the British stars of Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2022 – Day Three – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Reading Roman philosophy, investing in cryptocurrencies and playing mini golf are among the favorite pastimes of British tennis stars at Wimbledon this year.

Top British players Ryan Peniston, Alastair Gray and Yuriko Miyazaki spoke to the PA news agency about what they do off the pitch.

Close friends Gray and Peniston have fulfilled their childhood dream of playing a men’s doubles match together at the championships this year.


As underdogs, they were beaten by American Jackson Withrow alongside Joran Vliegen, but both scored wins in their first singles matches.

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Ryan Peniston during his match against Henri Laaksonen on the second day of the 2022 Championships (Adam Davy / PA)

Their winnings have put a collective price of £ 56,000 into the pot for the house they plan to rent together in the Wimbledon area.

After playing with the children in the SW19 region at a community tennis event on Saturday, the players revealed what they will be doing in their new home.

Peniston, 26, born in Southend, said: “I’m a pretty big TV nerd, movie nerd, so I watch a lot of Netflix and I’m a huge Marvel fan.”

Gray, 24, of Twickenham, said Peniston brought him into the Marvel franchise and is slowly making his way through all 28 films.

Alastair Gray (left) and Ryan Peniston talk to PA at Wimbledon Park during a community tennis event hosted by the LTA (Laura Parnaby / PA).
Alastair Gray (left) and Ryan Peniston during a community tennis event at Wimbledon Park hosted by the LTA (Laura Parnaby / PA)

He said: “I always ask him for advice and he always answers yes and gives a scale of 10.

“I’ve been following the Marvel series right now, since the premiere, and now I’m in Thors. I also like Iron Mans.

He said his favorite movie so far has been Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker.

Gray said one of his main interests was following cryptocurrency after his coach led him to invest in digital.

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Alastair Gray celebrates his win over Chun-Hsin Tseng on the second day of the 2022 Championships (Zac Goodwin / PA)

He told PA: “It’s a bit of a roller coaster.

“Learning about different projects and, it will seem trivial, but the future finance of the world is exciting, this is what interests me.

“My coach Devin Bowen is a cryptocurrency guru and he teaches me the methods.

“I try to be a little knowledgeable like him.”

The couple said they also enjoy playing mini golf and enjoying “a cup of tea and a snack” at local cafes.

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Yuriko Miyazaki in action against Caroline Garcia on the first day of the 2022 Championships (Zac Goodwin / PA)

Born in Tokyo, Miyazaki shifted her sporting allegiance from Japan to Britain in March after spending most of her life in the UK.

The 26-year-old wildcard said she had support from her mother, Akiko, 57, a former professional pianist, and her father Yoichi, 62, who works in finance, making her Wimbledon debut this year.

“I’m really, really supportive,” he told PA.

“From an early age they had to sacrifice a lot for my tennis too and I am really grateful to them.

Playing at Wimbledon has been my dream since I was very young, so I think they loved every minute of it too. “

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Yuriko Miyazaki (Laura Parnaby / AP)

Miyazaki said that in the little free time she has outside of training, she enjoys playing the piano, playing golf and reading Roman philosophy.

“I recently got hooked on books on philosophy, stoicism and stuff like that,” she says.

“Right now I’m reading Marc Aurèle’s Meditations.

“I enjoy reading many different types of books.”

When asked if she had applied any of her philosophical teachings to her tennis game, she replied: “Maybe yes.

“It gives you useful life perspectives and also moves to my tennis.”

The players took part in a community event on Saturday in Wimbledon Park, organized by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the governing body of the sport.

All three have been eliminated from the tournament this year after close performances, but are hoping to return even stronger on the grass at Wimbledon 2023.

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