Long Island's Noah Rubin received a wild card into The Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger, a tournament featuring top Americans like Rajeev Ram, Donald Young, and Tim Smyczek. Noah’s first round match was against one of the hottest players on the Challenger circuit, Canadian Peter Polansky. Polansky, 165th in the world ATP rankings, is playing the best tennis of his career, and is coming off of a win in his last Challenger in Tiburon, Calif. Noah got off to a slow start, but settled in to make Polansky work for a very hard-fought 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory.
Considering Noah is ranked 600 spots below Peter in the ATP Rankings, it was a very respectable showing for the 17-year old. Noah’s coach, John McEnroe Tennis Academy Director Lawrence Kleger said that, “Noah was understandably disappointed in the loss, but all who saw the match said that he played very well. He is playing top ATP pros very tough and I know that it will not be long before he has that ‘breakthrough win’ on the Challenger level.”