Noah Rubin (tennis)

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Noah Rubin
Rubin WM19 (17) (48521743381).jpg
Rubin at the 2019 Wimbledon
Country (sports)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Residence Long Island, New York
Born (1996-02-21) February 21, 1996 (age 25)
Merrick, New York
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
College Wake Forest University
CoachRamiro Garcia-Agreda
Prize money $754,745
Career record8–20 (28.6%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 125 (8 October 2018)
Current rankingNo. 232 (22 September 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2016, 2017)
French Open 1R (2018)
Wimbledon 1R (2019)
US Open 1R (2014, 2018)
Career record0–3 (0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 245 (29 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 384 (14 October 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 1R (2014, 2016, 2019, 2020)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open 1R (2016, 2018)
Last updated on: 22 September 2020.

Noah Rubin (born February 21, 1996) is an American tennis player. He is a former Wimbledon junior singles champion, and a former USTA junior national champion in both singles and doubles. Since turning pro in 2015, he has won four ATP Challenger titles.


Rubin also played college tennis for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the 2014–15 season. Entering the year as the ITA No. 1 ranked college freshman, he finished the season as an All-American and the runner-up in the 2015 NCAA singles championship.

Early life and education

Rubin is Jewish, and his bar mitzvah had a tennis theme. [1] [2] He attended the Merrick Jewish Center religious school, and collected donated tennis rackets for the Israel Tennis Centers as his mitzvah project. [3] [4] He has said, "I want people to know I'm Jewish and I like to represent the Jewish people." [3]

His father Eric Rubin works as a banker, and his mother Melanie is an educator. His father was the top player on the tennis team at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens. As a junior, Noah was coached by his father and Lawrence Kleger. [2] [4] [5] [6] [7] His older sister Jessie was captain of the Binghamton University tennis team. [5] [8]

He has lived in Rockville Centre and Merrick, New York. [5] [9] He attended Levy-Lakeside Elementary School and Merrick Avenue Middle School, and then went to John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, Long Island for one year, after which he studied via an online program at the Laurel Springs School, graduating in 2014. [4] [10] [11]

Junior career

Rubin played for the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randalls Island in Manhattan. [12] By the age of seven, Rubin was competing in 12-and-under events, and he was winning international competitions by the time he was eleven. [7] In 2010, he made it to the finals at Les Petits As in Tarbes, France. [13] In 2011, when Rubin was 15, John McEnroe called him "the most talented player we've come across." [14] He also won the Copa Del Café, a Junior ITF tournament in Costa Rica, in 2012. [2] [15]

Rubin in 2013. Noah Rubin (USA) (9664442535).jpg
Rubin in 2013.

As a junior, Rubin reached as high as no. 6 in the International Tennis Federation's world junior ranking and no. 1 in the United States in 2014. [14]

He qualified for the boys' singles tournament at Wimbledon in July 2014, and won the tournament in the first all-American final there since 1977. [16] He was the first American boy to win Wimbledon since Donald Young in 2007. He had played only one other event in 2014 before Wimbledon at the French Open, where he lost in the second round. [17]

The month after hoisting the trophy at Wimbledon, Rubin played in and won the 2014 U.S. Tennis Association's Boys 18s National Championships in both singles and doubles (with close friend Stefan Kozlov). [11] The latter success came with two big bonuses of main-draw wild cards into the singles and doubles events at the US Open.

College career

Rubin attended and played tennis for Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where part of his schedule was to play pro events. [3] [18] His scholarship there allowed him to leave the university after one year and return at any time to complete his degree. [18] In September 2014, Rubin was ranked the No. 1 Division 1 college freshman by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). [19] [20]

Rubin ended his 2014–15 freshman season with a 26–4 record, mostly playing no. 1 singles, and ranked no. 5 in the U.S. [21] [22] He was the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to be named both men's tennis ACC Player and Freshman of the Year in his freshman season, and was the first Wake Forest ACC men's tennis Player of the Year, and the third to win Freshman of the Year. [21] [22] He was an All-American, ITA Rookie of the Year, four-time ACC Player of the Week, and ITA Carolina Region Rookie of the Year. [21] [22] [23] Playing doubles mostly with Jon Ho at No. 2 doubles, he had a 15–6 record. [21] He lost in the finals of the 2015 NCAA singles championship to Ryan Shane. [12] [22]

Professional career

Rubin in 2019. Rubin RGQ19 (52) (48002674871).jpg
Rubin in 2019.

Rubin turned pro in June 2015 at the age of 19. [12] He made his first final on the ATP Challenger Tour at Charlottesville, and won by defeating fellow American teenager Tommy Paul, despite being down 5–1 in the second set with Paul serving for the match. As the only American to win an event in the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, Rubin was awarded a wild card into the main draw at the Australian Open. With his wild card, Rubin entered his second career Grand Slam event as the lowest-ranked non-PR player (328th overall) [24] in the main draw of the 2016 Australian Open, where he beat the 17th-seeded Benoit Paire in three tiebreaks in the first round.

Rubin cracked the Top 200 for the first time by qualifying for the 2016 Indian Wells Masters tournament. In the clay court season, he recorded an upset win over 59th-ranked Denis Kudla, the No. 1 seed at the Sarasota Open. Having missed most of the summer tournaments due to a rolled ankle injury he suffered while jogging in June that cost him five months of training and competition, [25] [26] Rubin returned to form in October, reaching his second career Challenger final at Stockton.

Rubin started the 2017 season by winning his first round match at the Australian Open, before falling to eventual champion Roger Federer in the second round. He then went back to Australia and won his second Challenger title at Launceston, Tasmania, in an all-American final against Mitchell Krueger. For the second consecutive year, Rubin missed a few consecutive months of the late spring and early summer due to injury; this one a severely sprained right wrist that he suffered in April when he slipped on a clay court during a tournament in Houston that resulted in him losing 10 months of serious competition and training. [25] [26] He bounced back near the end of the season to finish the year on the cusp of the Top 200, just as in 2016.

Once again, Rubin began the 2018 season by playing at the BNP Paribas de Nouvelle-Calédonie. At this tournament, he greatly improved on his second-round result from last year and reached his fourth Challenger final, all four of which have been against other Americans. In the final, Rubin defeated Taylor Fritz to claim his third Challenger title to boost himself to a new career-high ranking of No. 162 in the world. After falling out of the Top 200, Rubin won a fourth Challenger title at the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger. [27] This was his first title on clay and put him back in the Top 200 of the ATP rankings. The title also helped him clinch the French Open Wild Card Challenge to earn a wild card into the main draw of the French Open. [28] [29] In his debut at the tournament, he was beaten by compatriot John Isner.

Personal life

Rubin's hobbies are photography, soccer, and art. [30] Rubin has an Instagram account that has met with “modest success,” Behind the Racquet, where players share personal struggles of living on the professional tour, “the grind.” [31] Rubin has found the process to be therapeutic for dealing with the realities of “often lonely, physically taxing life” of professional tennis. [31] [32] He said,

the “goals of the online series – to break the stigma of mental health, to allow players to share their stories and to let fans relate to players on a deeper basis.” [32]

The platform has been used by tennis players including Coco Gauff, Bianca Andreescu, and Katie Swan, to discuss their mental health, monetary concerns, and other issues. [33]

Challenger and Futures finals

Singles: 12 (4–8)

Legend (Singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (4–2)
ITF Futures Tour (0–6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–5)
Clay (1–3)
Grass (0–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfaceOpponentScore
Loss0–1Jul 2013USA F20, Godfrey FuturesHard Flag of the United States.svg Michael Shabaz 3–6, 5–7
Loss0–2Mar 2014France F6, Poitiers FuturesHard (i) Flag of France.svg David Guez 3–6, 5–7
Loss0–3May 2014Spain F10, Vic FuturesClay Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Yannik Reuter6–3, 4–6, 2–6
Loss0–4Jun 2015USA F19, Tulsa FuturesHard Flag of Barbados.svg Darian King 6–2, 5–7, 0–6
Win1–4 Nov 2015 Charlottesville, United StatesChallengerHard (i) Flag of the United States.svg Tommy Paul 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–3
Loss1–5Feb 2016USA F8, Plantation FuturesClay Flag of Argentina.svg Andrea Collarini 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss1–6 Oct 2016 Stockton, United StatesChallengerHard Flag of the United States.svg Frances Tiafoe 4–6, 2–6
Win2–6 Feb 2017 Launceston, AustraliaChallengerHard Flag of the United States.svg Mitchell Krueger 6–0, 6–1
Win3–6 Jan 2018 Nouméa, New CaledoniaChallengerHard Flag of the United States.svg Taylor Fritz 7–5, 6–4
Loss3–7Apr 2018USA F11, Orange Park FuturesClay Flag of Chile.svg Marcelo Barrios Vera 3–6, 4–6
Win4–7 Apr 2018 Tallahassee, United StatesChallengerClay Flag of Australia (converted).svg Marc Polmans 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
Loss4–8 Jan 2019 Nouméa, New CaledoniaChallengerHard Flag of Sweden.svg Mikael Ymer 3–6, 3–6

Doubles: 3 (1-2)

Legend (Doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (1–1)
ITF Futures Tour (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–0)
ResultW–L   Date   TournamentTierSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Loss0–1May 2014Spain F10, Vic FuturesClay Flag of the United States.svg Stefan Kozlov Flag of Spain.svg Sergio Martos Gornés
Flag of Spain.svg Pol Toledo Bagué
2–6, 5–7
Win1–1 Oct 2018 Stockton, United StatesChallengerHard Flag of Barbados.svg Darian King Flag of Thailand.svg Sanchai Ratiwatana
Flag of Indonesia.svg Christopher Rungkat
6–3, 6–4
Loss2–1 Apr 2019 Tallahassee, United StatesChallengerClay Flag of the United States.svg Thai-Son Kwiatkowski Flag of Venezuela.svg Roberto Maytin
Flag of Brazil.svg Fernando Romboli
2–6, 6–4, [7–10]

Junior Grand Slam finals

Boys' Singles

Winner 2014 Wimbledon Grass Flag of the United States.svg Stefan Kozlov 6–4, 4–6, 6–3

Singles performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2021 Delray Beach Open.

Tournament201320142015201620172018201920202021SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open AAA 2R 2R Q1 Q2 Q1 A0 / 22–2
French Open AAA Q1 A 1R Q1 Q1 0 / 10–1
Wimbledon AAAAA Q1 1R NH0 / 10–1
US Open Q1 1R Q2 Q3 Q1 1R Q2 A0 / 20–2
Win–Loss0–00–10–01–11–10–20–10–00–00 / 62–6
Career statistics
Overall Win–Loss0–00–20–12–41–20–10–00–00–13–11
Year-end ranking76760433620020113521025021.43%

Wins over top 10 players

#PlayerRankEventSurfaceRdScoreNR Rank
1. Flag of the United States.svg John Isner 9 Citi Open, Washington, United StatesHard2R6–4, 7–6(8–6)152

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