Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK –– Long Island’s Noah Rubin was one-and-done in his first U.S. Open, and he could be one-and-done at Wake Forest, too.
Rubin, the 18-year-old from Rockville Centre, N.Y., who received a wildcard into the Open after winning the USTA boys’ national championship, was excused quickly by Federico Delbonis on a hot and steamy Court 13 on Tuesday, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.
The slight Rubin, who measures 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, was broken twice in the opening set to fall behind 3-0 and staged a minor comeback in the first set before being swept away by the bigger, stronger, more consistent left-handed Argentinian.
“I learned that I can definitely compete with these guys at the best level, definitely things to learn” said Rubin, who trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randalls Island. “Fitness is one, I mean, nerves came into play a little bit also. So fitness can definitely be at a higher level, but I can playing with these guys on any given day. We’ll see how I improve.”
NEW YORK — Andy Murray survived a brutal attack of cramps and advanced over Dutchman Robin Haase in four sets to avoid a stunning upset in the first round of the U.S. Open Monday.
“Yeah, I’m happy about that because I could have easily lost that match,” the No. 8 seed and 2012 Open champ said after surviving with a 6-3, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-5 victory.
“I was very close to losing the match,” the Scot added. “I don’t think if it would have gone to five sets I would’ve been — I certainly would have been the favorite if it had gone to five sets. I’m happy about that.”