American tennis player Noah Rubin, who was recently named among the 20 most influential people in tennis by L'Equipe, says he does not see tennis coming back until 2021 due to the current coronavirus pandemic. Rubin is the player behind the 'Behind the Racquet' initiative, where several players have chronicled their personal stories on and off the court.
Noah Rubin says tennis will likely come back in 2021
The 24 year old Rubin was speaking on the Tennis Legends vodcast with former Grand Slam champions Mats Wilander and Boris Becker. Rubin says, "I don’t see tennis coming back until 2021, it just doesn’t make sense right now with all this."
"You know, we don’t have a vaccine. There are enough people that have tested positive a second time. We were hoping that once people got it, they couldn't get it again, which we are finding out not to be true.
So, you’re talking about a sport that brings people from around the world to one area and spectators to one area. It just doesn’t make sense to have a tournament like that. Let’s say three-to-four months away - and I get that things can change - but a vaccine takes 12–18 months with everybody going full force figuring it out.
It seems like a really difficult situation, and that worries me." Rubin has been one of the players who have been very vocal about the plight of the lower ranked players on the tour and has been calling for financial help during the shutdown.
He has also been vocal about the inequalities in prize money distribution on the tour and has said that players who lose in the early rounds at major events should receive more money than they do currently. Noah Rubin is a former Wimbledon junior singles champion and a former USTA junior national champion in both singles and doubles.
Since turning pro in 2015, he has won four ATP Challenger titles. His career high ranking is No. 125 in the world singles rankings, and he is currently ranked outside the Top 200. As a junior, Rubin reached as high as no. 6 in the International Tennis Federation's world junior ranking and no.
1 in the United States in 2014. He qualified for the boys' singles tournament at Wimbledon in July 2014, and won the tournament in the first all-American final there since 1977 and was the first American boy to win Wimbledon since Donald Young in 2007.
He had played only one other junior event in 2014 before Wimbledon at the French Open, where he lost in the second round..