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Rubin Hits With Youngsters At QuickStart Clinic

February 12, 2009 02:18 PM
Former world No. 6 player Chanda Rubin took out her racquet and banged some balls at a USTA QuickStart workshop conducted Breaux Bridge, La.

Recently inducted into the USTA Southern Hall of Fame, Rubin inspired more than 20 youngsters and adults with a sport speech and her shots. Rubin made a surprise appearance and after giving a short talk on her tennis career, proceeded to hit with and instruct some of the youth.

The workshop was facilitated by the USTA and Arnoudville resident Dominque Johnson in an effort to bring adult and youth tennis programming to St. Martin Parish.

Rubin, who lives nearby in Lafayette, was among the most accomplished women players the South has ever produced. She was ranked No. 6 in the world in singles – the highest ranking of any USTA Southern woman in the Open era – and No. 9 in doubles in 1996.

Additionally, Rubin has won numerous awards for her playing prowess and her volunteer contributions.

Rubin reached the semifinals of the 1996 Australian Open and the quarterfinals of the French Open three times. She captured seven singles – including Madrid, Los Angeles and Eastbourne (twice) – and ten doubles titles on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. She won a Grand Slam, having taken the 1996 Australian Open doubles title with Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario. She had wins over Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Justine Henin, Lindsay Davenport and Amelie Mauresmo, all of whom were ranked No. 1 at some point in their careers. Rubin qualified for the tour’s season-ending Championships four times.

After splitting sets with Jana Novotna in the 1995 French Open, Rubin staged one of the great comebacks in recent tennis history. In the third set, she was down 0-5, 0-40 but willed herself to an 8-6 third-set victory.

Known as someone who kept her life in balance, she decided to skip competing at the French Open in favor of attending her high school prom. She was a long-time volunteer for USTA Southern and the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation. With the support of the foundation, Rubin designated funds from her Fed Cup play to support the International Tennis Foundation (ITF) Circuit of tournaments throughout the South. She founded the Chanda Rubin Tennis and Scholarship Foundation that has conducted annual clinics in New Orleans.

QuickStart Tennis is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. It is divided into two different levels -- ages 8 and under and ages 10 and under. QuickStart Tennis is a part of the Jr. Team Tennis program.




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