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By Chris Oddo | Sunday, July 6, 2014

 
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The 18-year-old American, who trains at John McEnroe's academy in New York, had to qualify to enter the draw.

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Noah Rubin of Long Island became the second American in the last 20 years to capture the Wimbledon boys’ singles championship today, defeating fellow American and No. 6 seed Stefan Kozlov of Florida, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, in a historic Wimbledon junior boys’ final this morning at the All England Club in London.

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It was only the second-ever all-American boys’ final at Wimbledon and the first since 1977 with Rubin becoming the first American to win the title since Donald Young in 2007.

The last American to win the boys’ final at Wimbledon was Donald Young in 2007.

“To have an all-American boys’ final and three of the four semifinalists be American, as well, is a testament to the dedication and hard work put in by themselves, their coaches and their families, and they all deserve congratulations,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe.

Rubin is coached by Lawrence Kleger at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in Randall’s Island, N.Y. Kozlov is coached by his father, Andrei, who operates his own academy out of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and USTA National Coach Nicolas Todero out of the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.

Latvian Jelena Ostapenko won the girls’ singles title, defeating Kristina Schmiedlova 2-6 6-3 6-0 in the final.

 

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