“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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