PARIS – JMTA’s Noah Rubin, who made a name for himself at last year’s French Open junior championships in reaching the quarterfinals, was unable to match that feat in 2013. Noah opened this year’s event with two strong matches as he advanced to the round of 16. Once there, Noah faced the No. 5 seed, Kyle Edmund of Great Britain. After losing the first set, Rubin rallied from a 0-2 game in the second set, ultimately winning it to level the match at one set each. However, Rubin ultimately fell short, losing the third set and the match by the score of 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. Despite his loss, Noah performed strongly in Paris, and has clearly shaken off the effects of an injury that he suffered in early 2013, which kept him sidelined for a couple of months. The New Yorker will be looking to bounce back later this month as he is again set to compete in London at this year’s Wimbledon junior championships.
PARIS – JMTA’s Jamie Loeb and Noah Rubin were in second round action at Stade Roland Garros on Tuesday. Both players had strong showings, but only Noah will advance to the round of 16 in singles.
Jamie Loeb played No. 1 seed, Ana Konjuh of Croatia in a could-have-gone-either-way match before losing 7-5, 6-4. Jamie and her Coach Felix Alvarado, will be heading home to begin preparations for Wimbledon later this month. Jamie is also expected to join the NY Sportimes of Mylan World TeamTennis as an alternate coming this July at Sportime Randall’s Island.
Noah Rubin had a routine win against a very tough player, Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, winning 6-1, 6-4. Next up is the No. 5 seed, Kyle Edmund from Great Britain. Edmund defeated Noah in last year’s US Junior Open. Noah will face Edmund on Wednesday in the round of 16 with revenge in mind.
In doubles, Rubin and partner Martin Redlicki faced the Japanese duo of Ken Onishi and Takashi Saito in a gripping three set match. Rubin and Redlicki dropped the first set 6-4, but quickly bounced back for a 6-4 second set win. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep the momentum and lost to Onishi and Saito in a 10-point supertiebreaker.
PARIS – It’s been nothing but sunny skies for the JMTA players at the French Open Junior Championships at Roland Garros in Paris. Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb have both successfully advanced to the second round, and will be playing again on Tuesday, June 4th.
After his successful run to the quarterfinals of the 2012 French Open Junior Championships, Noah took the court in his first round at this year’s event against Benjamin Bonzi of France. After dropping the first set, Noah successfully rallied back for a riveting three set victory, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. In his second round match, Rubin will face Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, currently ranked in world’s top 20.
Rubin has also advanced to the second round of doubles after he and partner Martin Redlicki defeated Young Seok Kim and Seong Chan Hong of Korea, 6-0, 6-3.
Playing in her first Junior French Open this week is JMTA’s Jamie Loeb of Ossining, NY. Jamie advanced to the second round in straight sets in a well-fought match against Nina Stojanovic of Serbia. Jamie won the hour-long first set 9-7 in the tiebreaker, and went on to win the second set 6-3. Next up in the second round is a match against the event’s No. 1 seed, Ana Konjuh of Croatia.
Jamie also competed in the first round of doubles with partner Ayaka Okuno of Japan, losing 7-5, 6-4 to the No. 1 one ranked doubles team of Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Antonia Lottner of Germany.
Both JMTA junior players will be competing on Tuesday in the second round, hoping to continue their French Open runs.
“Tennis is a numbers game and John McEnroe says that the seven Roland Garros titles Rafael Nadal owns add up to one result: Nadal should be the top seed for the 2013 French Open.
In a conference call with the media today to promote his appearance partnering Pete Sampras in an exhibition match against Tommy Haas and Ivan Lendl at the second annual Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic, September 21-22, McEnroe said the fifth-ranked Nadal deserves top-seeded status in Paris. The 1984 French Open finalist suggests the top players would support a seeding raise for Nadal — to save themselves from a potential quarterfinal clash with him.
“Let me put it to you this way: I guarantee you that none of those four guys, as great as they are, want to see him in the quarters,” McEnroe told TENNIS.com. “Quite honestly, I would seed him number one. I’d seed him number one, actually, because I think he deserves that. I think the other players deserve it.”
It’s unlikely Nadal, who trails David Ferrer by nearly one thousand points for the fourth spot in the ATP rankings, will crack the top four before Roland Garros sets it seeds. McEnroe says seeding Nadal ahead of Ferrer is a no-brainer and says the reigning champion should be seeded ahead of third-ranked Andy Murray as well.
“Certainly, you can’t even possibly question if he should be [seeded] ahead of David Ferrer, as much as I respect him, or for that matter even Murray on clay,” McEnroe told TENNIS.com. “Djokovic is the only one, given his accomplishments on clay, that you could possibly make an argument deserves to be seeded ahead of [Nadal]…I don’t know that they [the Roland Garros seeding committee] are willing to change the seedings at their event.”
McEnroe suggests the best-of-five set French Open format can benefit Nadal.
“It’s a little unclear in best-of-five sets, maybe it will help him, give him some more time,” McEnroe said. “But I’m not quite sure where he is [physically] right now. I’ve only seen him a few times, but he’s looking pretty damn good to me.”
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Article written by Richard Pagliaro