CHARLOTTESVILLE, November 9, 2015
Noah Rubin defeated Tommy Paul, 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-3, to claim the singles title at the 2015 Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger.
Paul came onto the court with confidence and quickly took the first set after firing in three aces. In the second set, it looked like we were going to have a repeat with Paul quickly leading 5-1, but Rubin fought back saving two championship points and ultimately taking the second set in a tie break. In the third and final set, it was Rubin that was ultimately able to out on top winning the match.
Rubin, who completed a standout freshman year at Wake Forest in May, finished the year at No. 5 in the collegiate rankings and advanced to the 2015 NCAA singles final. Rubin, who recently turned pro, was also a standout junior player, winning the 2014 USTA Boys’ 18s national singles title and the Wimbledon junior title. At the All England Club, Rubin won the first all-American boys’ singles final at Wimbledon since 1977.
“I’m just happy to be out here playing good tennis, moving well. You know I have a great staff be-hind me, a great team, and I’m really enjoying myself right now,” said Rubin and takes away US-$ 7,200 in prize money as well as 80 ATP ranking points.
After showing superior sportsmanship throughout the week, Rubin also received “The Chase Family Sportsmanship Award”.
Rubin now heads to the Knoxville Challenger where he received a special exempt and will face No. 2 seed Austin Krajicek in the first round. Rubin is also in the lead of the 2015 Australian Open Wild Card Challenge with 80 points.
In the doubles final, the No. 2 seeded team of Chase Buchanan and Tennys Sandgren took on No. 3 seeds, Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin. Polansky and Shamasdin needed only 28 minutes to take the first set 6-3, but in the second set Buchanan and Sandgren fought back to force a third set tie break. The American duo played a well-rounded game and came out on top to win the match 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.