(August 26, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – For Long Island’s Noah Rubin, a native of Rockville Centre, a dream came true on Tuesday. The Wake Forest freshman played in his home major – the US Open, a tournament he’s been attending since he was a child.. Rubin gained a wild card in to the final Grand Slam of the year by winning the 18’s National Championship during the summer. In July he won the Junior title at Wimbledon.
Despite losing to Federico Delbonis, of Argentina 6-4, 6-3, 6-0, he would not trade this experience for anything.
“I learned that I can definitely compete with these guys at the best level, definitely things to learn,” he said. “Fitness is one, I mean, nerves came into play a little bit also. So fitness can definitely be at a higher level, but I can playing with these guys on any given day. We’ll see how I improve.”
“I’m just trying to show everybody I can compete at this level and try to make people proud at the same time,” Rubin continued. “It’s definitely — I’m not sure if everybody’s first experience went just like me, but I’m just getting used to the atmosphere, getting used to being out there with the top players in the world. It’s nice to know that I belong here and I’m not just taking a vacation here just seeing what it’s like and going back. That I deserve to be here and work to stay here.”
His US Open is not over yet. Rubin is in the Men’s doubles. He also earned wild card by winning the USTA Boys’ 18s title Stefan Kozlov, so his summer vacation will last a little longer.