United States tennis needed
something to fire the optimism after the nation
experienced the most disappointing Wimbledon in 103
years and New York’s Noah Rubin, a pupil at the John
McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randall’s Island, provided a
timely title by winning the Boys’ Singles title.
Rubin, an 18-year-old from
Rockville Centre, Long Island who was forced to win
through the qualifying rounds of the event, beat fellow
American and sixth seeded Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke
Pines, Florida 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
It was the first all-American
junior boys final at the All England Club since Van
Winitsky beat Eliot Teltscher in 1977 and Rubin became
the first champion from the United States since Donald
Young in 2007.
The match was played on No.1
Court in front of a large crowd and afterwards McEnroe,
who took time out to watch some of the action despite
preparing to call the Novak Djokovic/Roger Federer men’s
final for ESPN, enthused: “Noah competed spectacularly.
It's awesome. All the time I've known him, it's the best
I've ever seen him. He was the complete package."
Including qualifying, Rubin had
to win eight consecutive matches to win the title and en
route he beat the highly rated seventh seed from Francis
Tiafoe from Baltimore, Maryland.
Rubin was given a stars and
stripes flag by Kozlov at the trophy presentation. “At
the end when we were holding the American flag, I was
thinking ‘This is pretty special,’” Rubin said.
“Hopefully we’ll keep rising together and none of us
will fall off, and as a group we’ll get to the top and
show the results America wants.”