With a big 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 Round of 16s win over Ronnie Schneider, Noah Rubin heads into the Quarterfinals with great momentum. His quarterfinal match will be against the unseeded Logan Staggs. The winner of the main draw will receive a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open! Rubin’s long-time coach, the Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, Lawrence Kleger, spoke to Noah after today’s match. Lawrence told Noah, “If I ever yell at you for anything, just remind me of how tough you were in today’s match and I’ll take it back immediately.”
Noah was down the entire match. He lost the first set 6-3 and was tied in the 2nd set 4-4 before their match was suspended for the day due to rain. Today, he came out of the blocks strong and won the 2nd set 7-5. Ronnie, not happy with the outcome of the 2nd set, stormed to a “Hold, Break, Hold” 3-0 lead in the 3rd. Noah rebounded to tie the match at 3-all and eventually got a huge break of serve at 5-5 to take a 6-5 lead. He then played a near perfect game, holding serve for a hard-fought 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory. Noah plays his quarterfinal match in the Boys 18s doubles draw later today.
Other JMTA students still alive in the main draws of their tournaments, Jamie Loeb and Sasha Lebedev, were in action today as well. Jamie, after dropping the first set 0-6, came back to beat 5th seeded Jan Abaza, the WTA #374 ranked woman in the world, 0-6, 6-0, 6-4. Jamie, who is WTA #461 in the world, will take on Allie Kiick, the 2 seed and WTA #297, in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 2pm EST. Jamie, like Noah, would be given a Wild Card into the main draw of the U.S. Open if she were to win the tournament.
Sasha Lebedev tried valiantly to fight through a pulled back muscle but lost his round of 16 match to the #4 seed Jake DeVine in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. If he is physically able, he will play a consolation match against the #10 seed Alex Rybakov.