Unfortunately the magical run of Long Island's Noah Rubin came to an end today in the quarterfinals of the 2012 French Open Juniors, as Noah was defeated 4-6, 1-6 by the number five seed, Filip Peliwo of Canada.
The playing conditions were far from ideal, as it was cold and drizzly throughout the match. The match started evenly with a high level of play from both sides and was 4-4 in the first set, but an aggressive Peliwo broke Noah to go up 5-4 and served out the set. Peliwo kept the momentum in the second set getting a couple breaks before finishing off the match.
Noah's longtime Coach Lawrence Kleger (director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy) and Eric Rubin (father/coach) were both very proud of Noah's effort today even in defeat. Kleger said, "Although today wasn't Noah's best, he gave 100 percent effort throughout the match."
Eric Rubin added, "There was excellent, thoughtful play by both players. Noah kept fighting with every swing of his racket, despite tough deep and angled play by Peliwo."
While things didn't go Noah's way today, the future is obviously very bright. After the match, we spoke with Coach Kleger to get his perspective of how Noah did in his first French Open Juniors, and what he thought the future would bring for Noah as they continue to work together.
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