Local Favorite Noah Rubin Posts First Win of the Season
The third edition of the New York Open kicks off today on its signature black courts at NCYB Live, home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
In addition to world-class tennis, the tournament will host a variety of community events this week including today’s Veterans and Diversity Hiring Expo.
The first match on Stadium Court features local favorite Noah Rubin against Italy’s Pablo Lorenzi at 12 noon with a berth in the main draw on the line. Lorenzi was a quarterfinalist here last year in his New York Open debut, where he lost in three sets to eventual runner-up Brayden Schnur. The first main draw match on Stadium pits two young stars in No. 6 seed Miomir Kecmanovic and Tommy Paul.
The night session features two all-American singles match-ups. Steve Johnson faces No. 5 seed Tennys Sandgren followed by wild card Jack Sock against Marcos Giron. Sandgren comes to New York following a strong showing at the Australian Open. The Tennessee native nearly ousted Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. He had seven match points in the fourth set before Federer rallied to victory. Sock, who drew the biggest crowd during his autograph session at yesterday’s New York Tennis Expo, looks to resurrect his singles career here in New York.
Familiar faces and top-ranked players will be showcased later in the week as the top-four seeds, including defending champion Reilly Opelka, each received first-round byes and 2018 New York Open champion Kevin Anderson drew a qualifier for his opening match.
As a lifelong fan of the New York Islanders Noah Rubin celebrated many victories in the famed Nassau Coliseum, home of this week’s New York Open. Sunday, he not only earned his first victory in three tries at this tennis tournament and in this arena, but also posted his first win of the season when he defeated Mackenzie McDonald, 6-4, 7-5, in the first round of qualifying.
Rubin, the 2015 NCAA singles runner-up for Wake Forest who grew up in Merrick and recently returned to Rockville Center, used the partisan crowd support to his advantage.
“They’re all screaming Long Island and it just shows,” Rubin said about how the crowd was behind him. “Whether they know my father and my mother or whatever it is and they’ve seen me around and you know, it’s home. It’s 15 minutes away from my house. You try to use that and at times I did, I really did when I was you know using the momentum to my advantage. It is extremely beneficial and you have to know that they’re going to be on your side no matter what and use that but again, it’s exciting. It’s exciting to be out here to get that opportunity.”
Rubin greatest success recently has been with an off-court venture called “Behind the Racquet”. What started as an instagram page where men’s and women’s tennis players share personal stories about their background and life beyond the court, has grown the past year to include a website (behindtheracquet.com
), a podcast and merchandise line. It is a healthy way to spend his time away from the court and training instead of binge-watching Netflix he said in his post-match press conference.
UP NEXT FOR RUBIN: Currently ranked No. 268 in the world, and less than two weeks away from his 24th birthday, Rubin faces 38-year-old Italian Paolo Lorenzi at 12 noon today for a berth in main draw. It would be Rubin’s first main draw appearance at a tour-level event since he qualified for Wimbledon last summer.