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LI's Noah Rubin ousted in first round of boys' singles

Noah Rubin of Long Island returns the ball

Noah Rubin of Long Island returns the ball to Kyle Edmund of Britain in the first round of junior boys' singles at the 2012 U.S. Open tennis tournament. (Sept. 3, 2012) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

After Noah Rubin's final backhand sprayed wide Monday, he shook hands with an opponent who stood a head taller and carried 20 more pounds of muscle.

Rubin, 16, just 5-8 and 140 pounds, had been outserved and overpowered in a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Great Britain's Kyle Edmund, 17, in the first round of the junior boys' singles at the U.S. Open.

"The movement wasn't there, the intensity," Rubin said.

Slam or not, he added, "Juniors is not my dream, it's going pro . . . I have 50 more tournaments after this."

This was to have been a coming-out party of sorts for the Long Islander, who played only doubles here last year.

Since then he's made deep runs at the French Open, Easter Bowl and boys 18s national championships, arriving here as the 14th seed and ranked No. 16 in the world.

Monday he had an opening after two return winners and two double faults from Edmund put him up a break at 3-2 in the first set.

But he followed with a sloppy game of his own and never again threatened, struggling with his serve and Edmund's forehand, a weapon that kept Rubin off-balance and scrambling in rallies.

Rubin's 2012 U.S. Open continues in doubles. He and fellow American Alexios Halebian teamed for a 6-1, 7-5 first-round win over Croatian Franko Miocic and Czech Vaclav Safranek Monday.

Rubin left high school last year to pursue tennis full-time. John McEnroe, an occasional playing partner and mentor, has described his professional potential as "top 50, minimum."


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