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Rubin Falls in Open Debut Tuesday

It’s been quite a summer for 18-year-old Noah Rubin of Rockville Centre. The Wake Forest-bound freshman won the Wimbledon Juniors title and followed that up with a championship at the USTA 18s title in Kalamazoo, Mich. While the former may have had more international cachet, particularly to casual tennis fans, it was the latter that earned Rubin a wild card entry into the main draw into the US Open.

In just his second pro tournament (he accepted a Wild Card into Winston-Salem last week), Rubin drew Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, a 23-year-old who came into the Open ranked No. 66. With a packed Court 13 crowd solidly behind him, Rubin was strong early before falling in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.

“I learned that I can definitely compete with these guys at the best level,” he said. “If I stayed on serve throughout the whole first set, who knows what would have happened. If I kept the momentum going, I probably would have had more opportunities but just didn’t capitalize on it.”

The big crowd, opening match jitters and Delbonis’ lefty stroke put Rubin in an early 3-0 hole. Though Rubin got one of the break points back and closed to 2-3, his Argentine opponent’s experience proved critical.

In the second set, Delbonis broke in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead and wouldn’t lose a game the rest of the way.

Rubin has played here in Flushing Meadows before, competing in the US Open juniors. But the big stage of the main draw was a different experience.

“It’s completely different sports,” he added. “The pros, they are doing it for a living. Been out here for so long. The experience is a different level. Fitness is at a different level. So it’s definitely something to get used to.”

Sam Querry, another American who rose through the ranks of juniors, had a bit of advice for Rubin.

“My advice to guys is to try to put your head down and battle through futures and champions,” he said. “I think he has a good game to move up the ranks. I know he’s going to college for a year, so try to dominate the next level and get in the Tour events as quick as he can.”

In all, Rubin, who also earned a wild card into the main doubles draw with partner and friend Stefan Kozlov and will play on Wednesday, is using his first Slam as a learning experience.

“I’m just trying to show everbody I can compete at this level and try to make people proud of me,” he explained. “I’m just getting used to the atmosphere, getting used to being out there with the best players in the world.

“It’s nice to know I belong here and I’m not just taking a vacation here just seeing what it’s like and going back. I deserve to be here and work to stay here.”

Experts: College Is The Way To Go

The Tennis.com headline screams, “98 percent of aspiring pros should consider college.”

They are the words of Patrick McEnroe, echoed by many in the sport, and a prevailing thought here at JMTA. According to Kamakshi Tanton’s Tennis.com piece, Patrick said to the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“Unless it’s a given that you will be a Top 20 player, and you never know that, I think college is a great place to go and mature physically, emotionally,” he said. “There’s great coaching, great facilities. I think the competition is coming back to where it’s getting better and better.”

JMTA students have two perfect examples in Jamie Loeb, whose training her helped her blossom into the top-ranked collegian as a freshman at the University of North Carolina, and Wimbledon Juniors champion Noah Rubin, who selected another ACC school in the same state, Wake Forest, and will matriculate there this fall.

McEnroe, Rubin Talk Tennis On ESPN Radio

Our friend Scoop Malinowski at Tennis-Prose has this nice recap of John McEnroe‘s interview with Noah Rubin yesterday when John hosted the afternoon drive show on ESPN Radio N.Y.

Maybe Noah’s best line: “Djokovic is a great matchup. I think I really have a chance (to win)…I hope he’s not listening to this.”

Check out Scoop’s piece for more from John and Noah.

Noah Rubin Featured On WCBS, WABC TV; Feted At CitiField

The New York sports scene has caught up to Noah Rubin following his run through to the Wimbledon Juniors title.

WCBS-TV and WABC-TV both met up with him at SPORTIME Randall’s Island on Wednesday (see videos below), and the Mets invited him, coach Lawrence Kleger and Noah’s Dad Eric to their game Thursday night.

Before the game, Rubin met another star on the rise, Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, as well as backup catcher Luke Recker. He received a hero’s welcome from the team as he appeared on the large video board in the second inning, to rousing applause.

 

JMTA and SPORTIME Director of Tennis Lawrence Kleger Discusses Rubin Wimbledon Victory, Recent JMTA Success

JMTA and SPORTIME Director of Tennis Lawrence Kleger took a few minutes from a whirlwind past few days to discuss Noah Rubin’s resounding Wimbledon Juniors title and the continued success that JMTA has experienced.

JMTA Blog: It has been a pretty remarkable spring at JMTA, between the success of some of the kids at elite tournaments, Jamie Loeb at North Carolina and now Noah’s breakthrough, what is the secret to the way the Academy is going?

Lawrence Kleger: I believe that there are no secrets in running a successful academy. It’s about dedication and hard work. Our coaching staff at JMTA is world-class, and they put in long hours and are willing to do whatever it takes to elevate our students to the next level. But if there is one area where I believe we excel it would be the positive way we challenge and motivate our athletes.  We hold our students to a very high standard of attitude and effort, but we do so in an encouraging way that brings out the best in each and every player. Our Student Code of Conduct and our carefully designed curriculums provide the framework and structure for our academy’s success.  And we have what no other academy has—John McEnroe—arguably the greatest competitor in the history of tennis.

JMTAB: Some people see Noah’s win as surprising, were you surprised and why or why not? 

LK: To be honest, nothing that Noah accomplishes surprises me. He has won at every level including the ITF Professional Futures circuit. So while Noah winning the Wimbledon Junior Championship was a thrill, it was not a shock. That is why I am so convinced that he will be successful on the ATP Tour in the very near future. However, to be honest, I did not think that grass was Noah’s best surface. I will now have to reconsider that assessment!

JMTAB:You have always talked about the value of college; what did a year in college now mean to Jamie as a tennis player and what could it mean to Noah?

LK: I think her coach at JMTA Felix Alvarado would agree that Jamie had a spectacular Freshman year at the University of North Carolina. Aside from being on her own and gaining the maturity one gains from the college experience, Jamie was able to improve her strength, fitness, and her play under pressure. Jamie was a highly touted freshman and was the team’s best player. That came with built in pressure. Every time Jamie walked on the court, her team was counting on her to win. I think that is the kind of pressure I would like Noah to be under. And of course I would like him to have a great college experience like Jamie’s. Being away from home, being independent, and being a mature, self-sufficient adult.

JMTAB: American tennis has taken some hits recently; were you surprised at the run of several boys in the juniors at Wimbledon and what will it take to sustain such play at the professional level down the line? 

LK: Obviously it was a great showing by the American juniors and hopefully we can sustain it. I know Patrick McEnroe is working very hard to see that it happens. I believe that the more the USTA and private academies and private coaches work together, the better the chances of seeing Americans regain their lost stature in the expanding world of tennis. I think that this is starting to happen and that has to be good news if we want to produce top players.

JMTAB: Who are some of the other faces we should be watching at JMTA this summer?

LK: Jessica Golovin, age 16 is already competing well at the ITF level. Sabrina Xiong, 17, should have a terrific summer at the Girls 18 Nationals. I believe Oliver Sec, 16, who has committed to UC-Santa Barbara for the fall, is ready to make a big impact on the ITF Junior Circuit in the coming months.  He is 6’2”, athletic and has really improved his physicality on the court. The JMTA’s Williams sisters, Brianna and Chelsea, have been sidelined with some minor injuries, but seem to be getting healthy; and that is bad news for whomever has to play them this summer. JMTA also has some of the best 12 and under talent in the country and we are expecting some impressive results in the younger age groups at clay courts and hard courts.

Noah Rubin Upends #12 Seed At Wimbledon Juniors, Advances To Round of 16

His second consecutive straight set victory in hand, a strong 6-3, 7-5 triumph over 12th-seeded Kamil Majchrzak of Poland today has propelled Noah Rubin to the third round of the Boys’ Singles draw at Wimbledon.

Rubin faces an even stiffer challenge in his next match, when he takes on American Francis Tiafoe, seeded No. 7. Rubin and Tiafoe are among the seven Americans still alive among the final 16 in the tournament.

Rubin Advances Through To Finals In Poitiers, France Futures

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.

Rubin Finishes As Semi-Finalist at the IMG Academy $10k Futures

JMTA’er Noah Rubin was in action over this past weekend in Bradenton, Florida at the IMG Academy $10k Futures. Noah was the #7 seed, and after winning his first two rounds rather easily, he faced Japanese up-and-comer Naoki Nakagawa in the quarters.  In a close match, Noah defeated Naoki 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to move on to the semis.  In his semifinal match on Saturday,  Noah faced, Andrey Rublev of Russia. After a rain delay, the clay courts were playing like mud.  Not the best conditions for a hard court player like Noah. Though he gave it his best effort, Noah lost the match to the tournament’s eventual champion,  6-3, 6-3.  According to his coach Lawrence Kleger, “Noah continues to post excellent results at the Futures level.  He will continue to play Futures and throw in a few Challengers to test him as he continues to improve his ATP Ranking.  After Bradenton he should be in the mid-700s.”  Next up for Noah is the January Future Circuit starting in Plantation, FL January 6th.

Noah Rubin Competes in Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger

Noah Rubin practicing with Coach Lawrence Kleger.

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.