Wimbledon Champ Noah Rubin Signs with Wake Forest
July 30, 2014
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The nation's top tennis recruit Noah Rubin, who won the Wimbledon singles junior championship earlier this month, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Wake Forest this fall.
Rubin, who is ranked No. 1 in his class by the Tennis Recruiting Network, is the first top-ranked recruit ever to join the Wake Forest men's tennis program. He is the first junior Grand Slam winner to play college tennis since 2005 and the first junior Wimbledon champion to do so in 20 years.
"We're very excited to have Noah Rubin join our program. He's a great kid with an outstanding reputation who is a tremendous tennis player and also a very good student." said Wake Forest head coach Tony Bresky. "Noah is going to be a great fit for our program. He has aspirations of playing professionally one day, and we're looking forward to being the place where he works toward that goal while he receives all the benefits of a Wake Forest education and helps our program compete for ACC and NCAA Championships."
After competing as an amateur on the ITF Pro Circuit and rising as high as No. 532 in the ATP Rankings - one of the highest ranks for a player choosing to play college tennis - Rubin returned to the junior level to compete in the Wimbledon Junior Championships this summer.
The Rockville Centre, N.Y. native stormed through the draw on the grass courts at the All England Club, beating fellow American Stefan Kozlov, currently the second-ranked junior in the world, in a three-set final in front of a large Court One crowd. He is the first American to win the Wimbledon boys singles title since Donald Young in 2007 and is only the third to do so in the last 30 years.
Competing extensively on the Pro Circuit over the past year, Rubin reached the finals of three Futures tournaments and the semifinals of three others. During his time on the ITF junior circuit, he was ranked as high as No. 6 in the world.
Rubin joins previously signed Tunisian recruit Skander Mansouri to give the Demon Deacons two players who have been ranked in the top 40 in the world in juniors in this year's class. The two will be part of a returning roster that includes Romain Bogaerts, one of the top players in the ACC, Maksim Kan and Jon Ho.