Ex­pe­ri­ence the name of the game for Ru­bin

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY LAURA STADLER AND DANNY CARO

TEN­NIS Noah Ru­bin had a look of sat­is­fac­tion etched across his face af­ter an im­pres­sive week at Wim­ble­don.

Fac­ing two higher-ranked play­ers in the first three rounds had cer­tainly not left him over­awed. If any­thing it in­spired him, as did the at­mos­phere on Court 4 when he beat Bri­tish favourite Jamie Ma­lik.

Ru­bin said: “I had a cou­ple of close matches last year against two top Bri­tish kids. To­day I wanted to come out and do what I had to do and it was in my favour this time.

“I thought I played well. Ma­lik’s a very good player and I kept fo­cused at all times.

“On grass you can’t play de­fen­sively so I played ag­gres­sive and knew how to step up at the right mo­ments and not give away any free points and just keep calm the whole time.”

The im­prove­ment in Ru­bin’s game was ev­i­dent and he served just one dou­ble­fault in his sec­ond-round win over 12th seed Kamil Ma­jchrzak.

“In pre­vi­ous years, the grass was never the prob­lem,” he said. “It was the at­mos­phere. It was be­ing at Wim­ble­don, the tra­di­tion it’s one of the most pres­ti­gious tour­na­ments and when you step out here it re­ally is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent feel­ing than any other tour­na­ment.

“It’s one of those at­mos­pheres you can’t com­pare to any other tour­na­ments. So I tried not to think about the people be­hind me, to fo­cus and just play my ten­nis.

“It’s tough be­ing on grass, some­times you have to slide on it. Some­times you can’t you just have to go out there and see how it goes and adapt.”

Ru­bin de­scribes David Fer­rer as his favourite player, “be­cause he’s also short”. He said: “I look at him and that’s where I need to be phys­i­cally and men­tally, al­ways out there work­ing his way through the rounds.”

The teenager from Long Is­land be­lieves the face of ten­nis is chang­ing so he is plan­ning to com­bine sport and ed­u­ca­tion. “I’m go­ing to col­lege for a year,” he said. “You can play seven pro tour­na­ments which fit into the sched­ule. “The top play­ers are older now — the McEn­roe/Becker era has changed. There are no more Nadal’s com­ing in at 17-years-old and win­ning grand slams. So I think a year at col­lege can only be a pos­i­tive thing. A safety net al­most.”

Re­li­gion has also played an im­por­tant part in his life. “I am proud to rep­re­sent the Jewish na­tion. It’s a nice added as­pect of who I am”.

Noah Ru­bin

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