A great effort by Noah Rubin fell just short yesterday at the Winston-Salem Open, as he fell in a third-set tiebreak, 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (5), to Bradley Klahn. It marked the ATP World Tour debut for the Wimbledon junior and USTA Boys National singles and doubles champion.
Winston-Salem happens to be the home of Wake Forest University, at which Rubin will matriculate in a few weeks.
Rubin told John Delong at WinstonSalemOpen.com: “It was a great atmosphere, at my second home now, so it was just a great experience to get out there. I thought I came up with a good effort and just came up a little bit short. But I’ll get many more chances, hopefully.”
Though Noah Rubin’s run ended today in the finals of the $15K Future in Poitiers, France, it was a tournament to remember for the 18-year-old as he turned plenty of heads with his run through qualifying, into the main draw, and past four others and into the championship, where he lost to top-seeded David Guez of France 6-4, 6-0.
Rubin’s quarterfinal win on Friday, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 over No. 2 seed Gregoire Burquier of France propelled him into the semis, where he took out another Frenchman, Sadio Doumbia in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Noah now heads to Saint-Raphael, France for a $10K event.
Noah practicing with Coach Lawrence Kleger at JMTA.
JMTA’er Noah Rubin received a Wild Card into The Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger, a tournament featuring top Americans like Rajeev Ram, Donald Young, and Tim Smyczek. Noah’s first round match was yesterday against one of the hottest players on the Challenger circuit, Canadian Peter Polansky. Polansky, #165 in the world ATP rankings, is playing the best tennis of his career, and is coming off of a win in his last Challenger in Tiburon, CA. Noah got off to a slow start, but settled in to make Polansky work for a very hard-fought 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory. Considering Noah is ranked 600 spots below Peter in ATP rankings, it was a very respectable showing for the 17-year old. Noah’s coach, JMTA Academy Director Lawrence Kleger said that “Noah was understandably disappointed in the loss, but all who saw the match said that he played very well. He is playing top ATP pros very tough and I know that it will not be long before he has that ‘breakthrough win’ on the Challenger level.”
In other JMTA tennis news, Jessica Golovin will be in 2nd round action later on Wednesday in the Evert American ITF when she takes on Sophie Chang. Former JMTA star and current UNC Freshman, Jamie Loeb, will be playing at the National Tennis Center next week in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Be sure to check back in tomorrow for Jessica’s results, and next week for updates on Jamie.