Noah Rubin looks to win a Boys’ 18s title

Noah RubinCARSON, Calif. — Some of the world’s top junior tennis players – including five boys  ranked in the International Tennis Federation’s Top 50 – will converge here next week as the ninth annual USTA International Spring Championships takes place beginning Monday at the Home Depot Center. 
Noah Rubin, 17, is expected to be the top-seeded boys’ 18s player and hails from Rockville Centre, N.Y. Currently No. 20 in the world ITF rankings, Rubin was a semifinalist in the 18s last year after winning the 16s in 2011. Also last year, Rubin reached the semifinals at a USTA Pro Circuit Futures event as well as the Easter Bowl and the USTA Hardcourt Nationals at Kalamazoo, Mich., and he advanced to the quarterfinals at the French Open Juniors. 
Last year’s 18s singles finalist Stefan Kozlov, 15, from Pembroke Pines, Fla., is right behind Rubin at No. 21 in the world rankings. He will be seeded No. 2. 
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