Local Star, Wimbledon Junior Champion Noah Rubin, Southern California Native Daniel Nguyen Added To New York Empire Roster For Select Matches Next Week
Second-Year ATP World Tour Pro, John McEnroe Tennis Academy Product Rubin To Compete On August 3 At West Side Tennis Club Vs. Springfield Lasers; Oxnard, Calif. Resident Nguyen To Play For Empire At San Diego Aviators, Orange County Breakers August 5-6
NEW YORK (July 29, 2016) – New York native Noah Rubin, in his second year on the ATP World Tour and the 2014 Wimbledon Junior Champion and USTA Boys Champion, and Southern California native Daniel Nguyen will compete for the New York Empire presented by Citi in select Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO matchups next week. Rubin, currently ranked at No. 190, will play singles and doubles against the Springfield Lasers on Wednesday, August 3, at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club, while the Oxnard, Calif., resident Nguyen will battle for the Empire in their matches at the San Diego Aviators on Friday, August 5, and Orange County Breakers on Saturday, August 6. They will compete in place of regular roster player Guido Pella, who will represent his native Argentina in the Rio Olympics after playing in the first three Empire matches on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Rubin, 20, starred at Wake Forest University, earning ACC Player of the Year honors during the 2014-15 academic year in Winston-Salem, N.C., reaching the finals of the NCAA singles championships. The John McEnroe Tennis Academy product was also the 2015 ACC Freshman of the Year before turning professional in July 2015.
As a pro, the Long Island-raised Rubin scored his biggest win this year at the Australian Open, toppling 18th-ranked Benoit Paire of France in straight sets.
Nguyen, 25, turned pro in 2013 and currently ranks at No. 235 on Tour. He won eight ITF Futures events and last year reached the finals at the ITF Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla. The USC product helped the Trojans clinch the 2011 NCAA team title against Virginia.
“I am truly excited to play in front of a home crowd,” said Rubin. “Being from New York, I grew up watching World TeamTennis and it will be great to compete in it.”
“We are thrilled to be able to have such talented, rising young Americans in Noah Rubin and Daniel Nguyen compete for us next week,” said Empire General Manager Colleen Hopkins. “Fans will like Noah’s all-out style on the court, and we hope New Yorkers will come out to support one of their own as he plays for his hometown team. We are also pleased that Empire fans on the West Coast will be able to cheer on a local favorite in our important matches in San Diego and Orange County.”
The New York Empire season begins Sunday vs. the five-time defending Mylan WTT champion Washington Kastles, the first of six home dates through August 12.
The Empire schedule, which includes promotions ranging from an opening night celebration of all-time tennis greats Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade, LGBTQ Pride Night, Salute to Strong Women and International Night and a full roster of players can be found at www.NYEmpireTennis.com. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@nyempiretennis) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/NYEmpireTennis). To become a sponsor, purchase individual or season tickets or to get more information about VIP packages, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.nyempiretennis.com or call the New York Empire office at (844) 5-EMPIRE (844-536-7473).
About the New York Empire
The New York Empire presented by Citi will play their first season at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club. The restored facility will be configured to seat 2,500 for six home matches from July 31 through August 13. Patrick McEnroe will serve as the coach of the Empire, former US Open champion Andy Roddick will be a marquee player on the team, and New Jersey native and one of the top American women, Christina McHale headline the roster. The Empire roster also features Guido Pella of Argentina, and doubles specialists María Irigoyen also of Argentina and Neal Skupski of Great Britain. The stadium hosted the US Open Tennis Championships a total of 60 times, first from 1915 to 1920, and then again from 1924 to 1977. In addition, the finals of the Davis Cup were held at the club 10 times, more than any other venue. Currently, the stadium is also used as a music venue for concerts such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon among many others.
About Mylan World TeamTennis
The New York Empire is one of six Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO teams that will compete in the innovative professional team tennis league for the King Trophy, the championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. For more information on Mylan WTT, visit www.WTT.com.
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