The Pensacola Futures Championships tournament, which features a $10,000 prize purse, is a USTA-sanctioned event that draws players from around the world with hopes of advancing into the higher tiers of the professional circuit. The tournament is in its third year at the Roger Scott Tennis Center. Top-ranked Florian Reynet of France, who is ranked 357th in the world by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), won this years tournament defeating Liam Broady, of England in the semis and Sekou Bangoura in the final.
Sixteen-year-old Long Island native Noah Rubin defeated Dennis Nevolo in the three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and advanced to the semis before losing to Bangoura. Reaching the semifinal of this prestigious tournament is a great accomplishment for Rubin. Rubin, who trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York, has been ranked as high as 14th in the world junior rankings following a quarterfinal appearance in this year’s French Open.