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An American Wins Wimbledon Singles Title








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.”

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