Flushed out

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO AND SI­MON GRIVER

TEN­NIS Noah Rubin’s first grand slam ap­pear­ance ended in dis­ap­point­ment, but the Ju­nior Wim­ble­don cham­pion cer­tainly did not look out of place at the US Open at Flush­ing Mead­ows.

Having played an ex­hi­bi­tion match against No­vak Djokovic last week, Rubin went down in straight sets against Fed­erico Del­bo­nis of Ar­gentina in the first roundof the­Men’sSin­gles,but­the18-yearold­took­some­pos­i­tives­fromhis­per­for­mance.

“I learned that I can def­i­nitely com­pete with th­ese guys at the best level, but there are def­i­nitely things to learn,” said Rubin.

“Nerves came into play a lit­tle bit, but I know my fit­ness can def­i­nitely be at a higher level.

“I’m just get­ting used to the at­mos­phere, get­ting used to be­ing out there with the top play­ers in the world.”

WayneOdesnikwent­down­in­straight sets against 10th-seeded Kai Nishikori in his first ap­pear­ance at the com­pe­ti­tion for five years.

Having re­ceived a wild card, Odesnik, 28, said that he will re­turn to the Chal­lenger cir­cuit to boost his rank­ing.

He said: “I’m try­ing to en­joy it as best that I can and I have a lot of play­ing ahead of me.’’

Sha­har Peer pow­ered into round two with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Eng­land’s Jo­hanna Konta (121), but Ju­lia Glushko, Camila Giorgi, Sharon Fich­man tum­bled out.

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Noah Rubin failed to re­pro­duce his Wim­ble­don hero­ics in New York

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