It was lovely Jubbly – to a point.
Paul Jubb, a 19-year-old with a back story destined to become a Hollywood blockbuster if he hits the heights, managed to win a set on his Wimbledon debut.
I’m proud of the way I played. It’s given me encouragement for the future I feel I belong at this level. I’ve gained confidence Paul Jubb
The student from a Hull housing estate brought up by his gran after losing both parents eventually lost 6-0 6-3 6-7 6-1 in 2hr.16min to Portuguese Joao Sousa.
And Jubb, whose gran was in the crowd, said: “I’m proud of the way I played. It’s given me encouragement for the future I feel I belong at this level. I’ve gained confidence. I’m please my gran was here. She’s been a rock.”
Jubb, the winner of the national collegiate title in America, got off to a nightmare start, losing the opening set to love.
But he settled to test his 30-year-old opponent who has consistently been between 40 and 60 in the world rankings.
Jubb started to gain confidence in the second before winning the third set in dramatic fashion.
He forced it into a tie-break, saved a match point and earned a set point, which Sousa saved with his eighth ace. His Portuguese opponent clinched a second match point. Again Jubb saved it.
The Brit gave himself another set point with a body serve and when Sousa hit his return long he had reduced the arrears to 2-1.
But Jubb began the fourth set flat and was broken. He got a foothold by preventing a second break in the fourth game but Sousa stepped on the gas as the home player wilted.
Yet the performance augured well for when the student turns professional.
But it seems he won’t take home much of the £45,000 prize due for playing in the first round due to college rules.
The Sun newspaper reported: “The University of South Carolina, which follows strict National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, said: “They permit expenses [only].”