JMTA’ers Jamie Loeb and Noah Rubin are in Florida this week competing in pro level tournaments.
Coming off of an impressive first semester of NCAA DI tennis, North Carolina freshman Jamie Loeb received a wild card into the Tesoro Challenger, a $25,000 pro level event. She dismantled 8th seed, Hungarian Reka-Luca Jani, earlier in the week 6-2, 6-3, and Thursday morning defeated the 8th ranked junior in the world and fellow New Yorker, Lousia Chirico, in a streaky 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 victory. Next up for Jamie is Canadian qualifier Francoise Abanda, with the winner earning a spot in the semifinals. Jamie’s match against Louisa had her coach, Felix Alvarado, on an emotional roller coaster. “I am happy with her results this week,” said Felix, “The extra time she spent outdoors on the clay definitely helped her. Both Jamie and Francoise are coming off of tough 3 set matches, so their quarterfinal match should be a good one. I am excited for it and confident that Jamie will come out swinging.” The pair has played once before when Abanda squeaked out a 3-set victory over Loeb. Loeb will try to even out the score later this week.
Also in Florida this week and competing in the City of Sunrise Pro Tennis Series, is soon to be 18 year old Noah Rubin. Noah, unlike Jamie, had to qualify for the main draw and did so by winning four consecutive matches. In the main draw, Noah continued his winning ways by beating fellow American Sekou Bangoura 6-3, 6-2 in the first round before ousting Portuguese Leonardo Tavares 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. Noah’s coach, JTMA Director Lawrence Kleger, commented on Noah’s ability to persevere, “After leading for most of the first set, serving for it at 5-4 and then losing the set 5-7, most players would pack it in and say ‘It’s not my day.’ Noah just never stops fighting. That is why he’s special.” Noah’s quarterfinal match will be against 6th seeded player, Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic.