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

Britain’s top 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 picked up wins in their first singles matches.

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

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

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

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

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

Alastair Gray (left) and Ryan Peniston speak with 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 recommendations and he always answers, yes, and gives a scale out of 10.

“I’ve been going through the Marvel series right now, since the premiere, and now I’m on Thors. I also love Iron Mans.

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

Gray said one of his main interests was following cryptocurrency after his coach got him into digital investing.

Wimbledon 2022 u2013 Day Two u2013 All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet ClubAlastair Gray celebrates his victory over Chun-Hsin Tseng on day two of the 2022 Championships (Zac Goodwin/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Zac Goodwin

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

“Learning about different projects and, it’s going to sound corny but, the future finance of the world, it’s exciting, that’s what interests me.

“My trainer Devin Bowen is a crypto guru and he teaches me the methods.

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

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

Wimbledon 2022 u2013 Day One u2013 All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet ClubYuriko Miyazaki in action against Caroline Garcia on day one of the 2022 Championships (Zac Goodwin/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Zac Goodwin

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

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

“They’re really, really supportive,” she told PA.

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

“It’s been my dream to play at Wimbledon since I was very young, so I think they loved every minute of it as well.”

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 about Roman philosophy.

“Recently, I’ve been into philosophy books, stoicism and stuff,” she says.

“Right now, I am reading Meditations by Marc Aurèle.

“I like to read a lot of different types of books.”

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

“It gives you useful perspectives on life, and it also carries over to my tennis.”

The players were taking part in a community event on Saturday at Wimbledon Park, organized by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the sport’s governing body.

All three were knocked out of the tournament this year after close performances – but they hope to return even stronger to the grass courts at Wimbledon 2023.