DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s tennis head coach Ramsey Smith and the Blue Devil program are pleased to provide an in-depth introduction to the squad’s 2019 recruiting class. A product of Miami Beach, Fla., Samuel Rubell will arrive on campus next year to join the Blue Devil roster for the 2019-20 campaign.
"Samuel is a 6’ 4” righty with a big serve and solid groundstrokes from both sides," Smith said. "He has a clean, penetrating backhand and his heavy forehand jumps up off the court. Samuel is still growing into his game and body. His best tennis is yet to come."
Rubell improved his ranking 85 spots jumping from No. 134 in 2016 all the way up to No. 57 in the latest TennisRecruiting.net ledger. Rubell’s father, Jason, also played tennis for the Blue Devils, earning All-America honors and being named the 1991 ACC Player of the Year.
"A main reason for me choosing Duke was the ideal mix between academics and athletics," Rubell said. "I also love the culture within all of the athletic programs at Duke. I am excited to be a part of something special like that. I believe the coaches at Duke will give me the best opportunity to succeed. I can’t wait to get to work with my teammates and coaches."
Most recently, Rubell took part in the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in December and two Futures events in November, reaching the main draw of the Panama F4 Futures event. In October, he won two matches in the qualifying draw of the Pan American ITF Championship to advance to the main draw. He won his first match in the main draw to advance to the Round of 32.
"Samuel is a neat story because I have known him for most of his life, and he has been around the program since he was a little kid," Smith added. "I am especially proud of the commitment and growth he has made the past 18 months. He has worked extremely hard and has done everything the right way. Coach Guillermo Alcorta has helped Samuel make a huge jump in his game. If Samuel keeps working, he is only going to better."
In junior tennis, Rubell advanced to the finals of the USTA National L2 Tournament in July of 2018. In July of 2018, he reached the fourth round of the USTA Boys' 18 & 16 National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla.
Rubell is part of Duke’s five-member 2019 recruiting class along with Michael Heller, Garrett Johns, Omni Kumar and Andrew Zhang. GoDuke.com is set to release details on all five of the newest Blue Devils in the coming weeks.