Tennis - 19-year-old American teenager Noah Rubin has clinched the USTA wild card for the men's singles draw at the Australian Open in January. The USTA awards the wild card to the player, who gains the most points during a three-week Challenger series held in the U.S. The three events which were part of the series were the $50,000 Charlottesville Challenger, the $50,000 Knoxville Challenger and the $50,000 Champaign Challenger with each players’ two best results from the three events being calculated.
Rubin clinched the wild card when compatriot Taylor Fritz was knocked out in the final of the Champaign Challenger by Henri Laaksonen. Had Fritz won the tournament, he would have clinched the wild card spot. He is currently ranked No. 339 in the world.
Rubin, who won the Knoxville Challenger, is a former junior Grand Slam winner - having won the Wimbledon junior title in 2014. While he has made impressive strides on the ITF Futures and ATP Challenger circuit, he is yet to win a match at the ATP level. Hopefully, for him and his fans, that will change coming January when he heads to Melbourne.
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