NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A lifelong dream has come true for one Long Island teenager.
As CBS 2’s Otis Livingston reported, 18-year-old Noah Rubin grew up attending the US Open and on Tuesday, he had the chance to actually compete in the tournament.
The last time CBS 2 caught up with Rubin, he had just won the junior title at Wimbledon.
Now, the Rockville Centre native has stepped up in class, making his grand slam debut in his own backyard.
Rubin’s family said they’ve been bringing him to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center since he was a baby.
“We’ve been bringing them here to qualies and Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day since they were little,” said Rubin’s mother Melanie. “And to see Noah out there in the men’s main draw it’s just a dream come true for him.”
“It’s amazing, you know when it hits me is when all the little kids come up and want autographs from him,” said Rubin’s sister Jessie. “And it’s like, we used to be those kids with our big tennis balls and sharpies asking for autographs and now they’re asking for his autograph. It’s just so incredible, it honestly just feels like a dream.
If Rubin wasn’t playing a match at the US Open, he’d be taking classes at Wake Forest University, but school took a backseat to a lifelong dream, Livingston reported.
“Hopefully my professors understand and if not I can only help them out,” Rubin said. “But it’s just great to be out here and just learning and it’s a process.”
It didn’t go as scripted for Rubin. He lost his first round match to Federico Delbonis, of Argentina, but Rubin said he wouldn’t trade this experience for anything, Livingston reported.
“It’s a dream come true and it’s just great to be out here, I mean it really is,” he said. “You have everybody’s support here, obviously I’m the New Yorker so it’s great to have that and just have everybody chanting my name, it’s always nice. But I feel like I belong here and there’s definitely many more years to come.”
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