A Long Islander came through with one of the biggest upsets of Day One at the 65th Annual Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla. Fifteen-year-old Noah Rubin, one of the youngest competitors in the Boys 18s draw who got in as a wild card, stunned the number nine seed, Karim Hossam of Egypt, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Rubin reached the final of the USTA Boys 16s National Clay Court Championships in July and appeared very comfortable on the clay-court surface. Rubin advanced despite having to deal with multiple cramps in the third set, but was buoyed by the fact that his opponent was likewise struggling with an injured leg. Rubin played with tons of confidence, despite his relative youth.
"I like being one of the younger players," said Rubin. "I feel like it completely takes the pressure off me and places it squarely on my opponents."
Also winning on Day One was fellow Long Islanders Julia Elbaba of Oyster Bay, N.Y., a straight-set winner in her opening round match in the Girls 18s draw and Lamar Remy of Roslyn, N.Y., who easily dispatched of his opponent 6-0, 6-0 in the Boys 16s opening round.
For the past 13 years, the world’s best junior tennis players have annually gathered at the hard courts of the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla., to compete in the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships. But this year, the USTA opted to shift the event back to its roots, moving the event to clay courts for the first time since 1998.
Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship Results
Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Long Island Player Results
►Girls 18s Singles–First Round
Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) defeated Katy Dunne (Great Britain), 7-5, 6-0
►Boys 18s Singles–First Round
Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) defeated Karim Hossam (Egypt), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
►Boys 16s Singles–First Round
Lamar Remy (Roslyn, N.Y.) defeated Sebastian Ofner (Austria), 6-0, 6-0
Andrei Stefan Apostol (Romania) deeated. Dennis Uspensky (Atlantic Beach, N.Y.), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2