LONDON - He had a heck of a run these last two weeks and American Noah Rubin made it worthwhile, winning the Wimbledon Boys' Singles draw defeating three seeded players including, in the final, defeating fellow American Stefan Kozlov 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. With the win, Rubin becomes the first American in seven years to claim the Wimbledon Juniors title.
Noah Rubin is a student of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York and his education showed right through at the All-England Club as he defeated seven opponents in total to win the Championship.
“I am proud to see two American boys in the finals of the Wimbledon juniors for the first time since my first visit to Wimbledon in 1977”, said John McEnroe, “and prouder still to see Noah take the title. He has worked very hard on and off the court, and it is exciting to see him come through in such a big way on the big stage.”
Still just 18, Rubin took incredible strides with his showing at Wimbledon, even if his personal coach Lawrence Kleger was not there to accompany him. Kliger had to stay in the United States as he is recovering from hip surgery. Still, Rubin's coach since 2003 followed his protege every step of the way and even gave some insight on the victory.
"This is obviously an exciting day for me," said Rubin. "I would like to thanks everyone at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy for their support. Their help, and funding from the Johnny Mac Tennis Project, made it possible for me to compete internationally in ITF and pro events this year. This victory would not have been possible without that support."
Rubin has been a student at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy since 2010 and before that, was a student at SPORTIME since he was seven.
As for the championship match itself, Rubin broke Kozlov early in the first set en route to a 6-4 win. The two then exchanged early breaks in the second, Kozlov broke in the 10th set to win 6-4. In the third and deciding set, however, Rubin rebounded by breaking in the seventh game ultimately winning the Championship.
As previously mentioned, Saturday's final between Rubin and Kozlov was the first All-American Wimbledon Juniors final since 1977.
As for the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, it is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity whose purpose is to expose young athletes in the greater New York metropolitan area to the life-changing sport of tennis without regard to their economic circumstance. To this end, JMTP raises public and private funds in order to provide tennis academy scholarships and financial assistance to New York City Metropolitan area children. JMTP promotes the lifelong sport of tennis to and for players of all levels, from introductory programs that reach out to schools and neighborhoods in surrounding communities, to world-class tournament training for aspiring professionals. For NYC juniors striving to achieve at the highest levels of the game, JMTP funds the costs associated with travel to regional, national and international tournaments and provides on-site coaching.
Congratulations to Noah Rubin on his triumph at the All-England Club and also runner-up Stefan Kozlov. Hopefully this will mark the beginning of a new and promising era for men's tennis in the United States.