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Florida Tennis Blog: Americans Surging; U$ Open Increase

July 11, 2014 09:16 AM
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From left: Noah Rubin and Stefan Kozlov
FRIENDSHIP BOYS' FINAL AT WIMBLEDON -- The All-American boy's final at Wimbledon (the first since 1977) was good news for U.S. tennis, but also a refreshing reminder of friendship trumping competition.

Noah Rubin defeated friend and Pembroke Pines, Fla., resident Stefan Kozlov in the final, and both took a victory lap together after the match. Kozlov led 3-2 in the third set before Rubin rattled off four straight games to win the match. When Rubin learned Kozlov had an American flag in his bag (which his dad had given him in case of victory), he told him to pull it out and do a victory lap with him.

"I was like, ‘Dig it out,'" Rubin said. "It’s been a long time since an all-American final, so might as well support it. At the end, when we were holding that American flag, I was like, ‘This is pretty special.’...I was like, 'Stefan, let's go, let's do it together.' Hopefully we’ll keep rising together."

Kozlov also reached the boys' doubles final, finishing runner-up with partner Andrey Rublev.

n other Florida pro news, John Isner wonders why he is being included in beefcake photo shoots, and support is pouring in for Florida teen Vicky Duval after her cancer diagnosis.

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