Long Island's Noah Rubin won his opening match in the U.S. Open men's qualifying singles tournament Tuesday.
Rubin beat Liang-Chi Huang of Chinese Taipei, 6-2, 7-5, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. Rubin will play Guido Pella of Argentina on Wednesday in the second round.
After an eventful freshman year at Wake Forest, Rubin, the 19-year-old from Merrick, turned pro in June. Rubin became the most successful player in school history, losing in the final of the NCAA championship.
Rubin earned a wild-card entry into the U.S. Open main draw last year after winning the USTA boys championship in Kalamazoo, Michigan, last August. Rubin made a quick exit from last year's Open, losing to Federico Delbonis of Argentina in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.