WHILE HE’S got quite a way to go until being mentioned in the same breath as Djokovic, Federer, Nadal or even Murray, Noah Rubin’s Wimbledon win on Sunday did at least give us the chance to celebrate a Jewish triumph at SW19. The 18-year-old, who described his boys’ singles win as a “surreal moment”, was taking part in only his second junior event of the season. And earning his title the hard way, not only did he have to win eight games having entered the tournament as a qualifier, he also beat three seeded players, producing displays of spirit, skill and unbelievable resolve. Taking the win in his stride in his post-match press conference, dreams of emulating the above quartet will though have to be put on hold for a bit. Next up for the New Yorker is a week to unwind, a low-level tournament in the States and then the start of college.
If RUBIN’S success was something of a surprise, David Blatt being named as the Euroleague basketball coach of the year was not. Having led Maccabi Tel Aviv to a Eurobasket win, his achievement was recognised by European basketball’s governing body, who said: “Blatt built a true team despite incorporating many new players, losing key contributors to injury and having to reinvent the team’s playing style. He made sure that Maccabi was ready for every challenge until he and his players were celebrating the club’s sixth continental trophy, together with countless fans around the world.”
AFTER AN absence of nine years, Maccabi GB will be a sending a delegation to this year’s Pan American Games, in Santiago, Chile, at the end of December. GB will be able to compete in up to 27 sports at the week-long competition, with MGB joint-Vice President Daniel Collins saying: “It’s a real honour to be one of the Delegations who have been invited to compete in these Games next year. The level of Jewish sport across GB is constantly improving and this tournament will give us another chance to measure ourselves against the best Jewish athletes from South America and the rest of the world.”