Long Island's Noah Rubin defeated Jorge Brian Panta Herreros of Peru, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the 2012 French Open Juniors on Sunday. He will now face Stefano Napolitano of Italy, the 15th seed, in the second round. Noah traveled to Roland Garros with his coach, Lawrence Kleger of Sportime, and his father/coach Eric Rubin.
"The conditions were cold and windy and Noah's opponent was playing very well," said Eric Rubin after Noah's first round victory. "Noah was exceptional in changing his game after the first set and hitting deeper with more spin. I am extremely impressed with how well Noah kept his composure on such a big stage for the first time and especially down a set. I am very proud."
In doubles, Noah teamed with Gabriel Friedrich of Brazil and faced the team of Filip Bergevi of Sweden & Mikael Torpegaard of Denmark in the first round of the Juniors Doubles draw. Rubin & Freidrich started slow getting broken in the opening game, but rallied to win the first set 6-4. They carried that momentum into the second set where they won 6-3 to advance to the second round. Things will get tougher in the second round where they will have a showdown with the number two-seeded doubles team of Nikola Milojevic of Serbia & Frederico Ferreira Silva of Portugal.