Photo Credit: Johnny Milano | JMTA’S Noah Rubin
“Rockville Centre’s Noah Rubin likely has a long tennis career ahead of him, but the 17-year-old, who holds a No. 26 junior ITF ranking in the world, had his run at Wimbledon cut short.
Rubin, whose ITF ranking makes him the third-highest ranked player in the United States, lost Sunday in the first round of his sixth Junior Grand Slam tournament, falling in three sets to Great Britain’s Luke Bambridge, 6-3, 4-6, 7-9.
“It’s the best thrill of my life,” Rubin said. “This England trip has been great so far, I love playing on grass and it’s a once in a lifetime experience but I hope I get more chances.”
Rubin was in control during the first set, winning each game on serve and breaking Bambridge twice, while only committing four unforced errors compared to Bambridge’s 16. Rubin had nine unforced errors in the second set, compared to Bambridge’s three, and could not earn a break point opportunity as Bambridge’s one break proved to be enough.
In the dramatic third set, Rubin fought off three match points in the final game before losing the match. Bambridge’s serve was also key, as he picked up seven of his 18 aces and won 76-percent of his first serve points.
“[Noah] played and competed magnificently against a favored local boy, in front of a local crowd of hundreds of spectators,” Eric Rubin, Noah’s father and coach, said in an email to Newsday. “Noah was astounding in staying so composed under pressure and being able to come up with shots on incredibly key points that even had the partisan crowd on its feet cheering for Noah. Not the least of which was coming back in the final game.”
Rubin participated in two pre-Wimbledon tournaments in England to prepare, most recently reaching the Round of 16 at the AEGON Junior International Roehampton. His best run in a Grand Slam came in 2012 when he reached the quarterfinals at the Junior French Open, but in this year’s French Open he was eliminated in the Round of 16. In his only other appearance at Wimbledon last year, he was also knocked out in the first round.”
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JMTA Player Noah Rubin
…”At the men’s $10,000 Futures in Godfrey, Illinois, 17-year-old Noah Rubin has reached his first Futures final, defeating Michigan All American Evan King 6-3, 6-3 in Saturday’s semifinal. He will play No. 4 seed Michael Shabaz, one of the few current or former Virginia Cavaliers not participating in the CitiOpen qualifying. Shabaz beat top seed Darien King of Barbados 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals. Rubin will be competing next weekend in the Kalamazoo 18s Nationals.”
Click here to read the full article by Colette Lewis on Zoo Tennis.
Come out to SPORTIME Randall’s Island for two special nights of star-studded Mylan World TeamTennis action this July! Both evenings will raise funds for the Johnny Mac Tennis Project, a charitable foundation established by John McEnroe and SPORTIME to raise money to advance youth tennis in the NY Metropolitan area. Since September of 2011, JMTP has helped fund programs that have provided students at local public and charter schools, including P.S. 57, P.S. 88, P.S. 112, P.S. 96, Manhattan East School for the Arts & Academics, the Renaissance School of the Arts and Hyde Leadership Charter School, with free weekly tennis clinics for 25-40 children per day. The Johnny Mac Tennis Project has funded over $1.0 million in scholarships and no cost programming to young players in NYC and its communities.
On July 22, come see Johnny Mac matched up against fellow Hall of Famer, former world #1 and U.S. Davis Cup captain, Jim Courier when the NY Sportimes face off against the visiting Texas Wild. WTT Co-Founder Billie Jean King will be our special non-playing guest that evening, as we celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of her world changing “battle of the sexes” victory over Bobby Riggs.
On July 23, the two-time WTT defending champions Washington Kastles invade Randall’s Island with former NY Sportime and 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Martina Hingis to compete in what is sure to be an important end-of-season matchup.
JMTA Pro Martina Sucha
Martina, native of Slovakia, turned pro in 1996, reaching her career-high singles ranking of #37 in the world in 2002. Martina won 2 WTA singles titles (Hobart, Australia and Quebec, Canada) and 7 International Tennis Federation titles (5 in singles and 2 in doubles). Her best Grand Slam singles results were a 4th round appearance at the Australian Open in 2002 and a 3rd round appearance at the 2001 US Open. She was a member of a Slovakian Federation Cup team in 2002, 2004 and 2005, and she represented Slovakia in the 2004 Athens Olympics. She retired from the WTA circuit in 2008 and began her work as a coach. From 2009-2010, Martina worked with a top Slovak junior player, Chantal Skamlova, helping her reach a #22 world junior ranking.
JMTA player Jamie Loeb
…”The Westchester, NY-based Loeb is an independent, training at John McEnroe’s Academy on Randall’s Island. One of the perks of choosing McEnroe’s place to mold her game is getting to pick the brain of the former champion. She also gets to frequently hit with the former Grand Slam champ.
“He’s very intense and he still gets very mad at himself,” said Loeb, whose spotted McEnroe watching some of her matches here. “But he’s great and I enjoy to listening to what he has to say because we think a little differently. He tells me when I play not to be too hard on myself because I tend to. And he still does it with himself. It works for him, but it doesn’t for everybody. He lets it out, which works for him, but for other people it’s negative. But, tactically, he sees tennis as a chess game and that helps a lot.”
Click here to read full article by Sandra Harwitt on TenniShorts.
JMTA’s Jamie Loeb
Wimbledon-The Wimbledon juniors are underway with JMTA’s Jamie Loeb and Noah Rubin already having completed their first round matches. Loeb was able to advance, but Rubin was eliminated in the 1st round after drawing a tough opponent. Rubin hopes to continue his strong play in doubles however, as he and partner Clement Geens look to build on the momentum they gained from their semi-finals appearance at Roehampton. The tandem is matched up against Peter Ashley and Alexander Sendengeya of Great Britain in the opening round. Loeb is also set to participate in doubles with partner Ayaka Okuno of Japan and the two of them face Japanese partners Mami Adachi and Hikari Yamamoto in the 1st round. Learn more about Jamie and Noah’s opening rounds in singles from Zoo Tennis staff writer Colette Lewis below:
“Loeb defeated Victoriya Lushkova of Ukraine 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round, overcoming a rough stretch in the middle of the match where she lost five straight games. Leading 4-2 in the second set, Loeb failed in her two chances to take a 5-3 lead, and was broken at love in her following service game to lose the set. Lushkova held to open the third set, and Loeb saved a break point to make it 1-1, then broke in the following game. The 18-year-old from New York found herself in the same situation in the third set as she was in the second, with a 4-2 lead, but this time she held for 5-3 and then broke Lushkova at love to take the match. Loeb will play No. 10 seed Camila Giangreco Campis of Paraguay in the second round.
Noah Rubin lost a tough match to Luke Bambridge of Great Britain, falling 3-6, 6-4, 9-7. Rubin was down 3-1 in the third, got the break back for 3-3, but had more trouble than Bambridge holding serve down the stretch and was finally broken to give Bambridge an 8-7 lead. With Bambridge serving at 40-0 in the final game, Rubin saved two match points, but not the third, and Bambridge got the only win among the four British boys in action on Saturday.”
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