Wimbledon 2019: Paul Jubb bows out in four sets after brave fight against Joao Sousa

PAUL JUBB crashed out of Wimbledon but a spirited debut means British tennis has a new hero.

The council estate kid from Hull recovered from early jitters to take a set off gritty world no.69 Joao Sousa to finish with his head held high.

 

Wimbledon 2019: Paul Jubb bows out in four sets after brave fight against Joao Sousa1 Paul Jubb produced an impressive display on his Wimbledon debut against Joao SousaCredit: Alamy Live News

Wildcard Jubb, 19, will be back on court in the doubles with partner Jack Draper as his dream year continues.

Jubb eventually went down 6-0, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 to hard-hitter Sousa but battled gamely for more than two hours cheered by a patriotic Pimms-fuelled crowd on Court 17.

Orphaned as a kid, Jubb was brought up by his gran Valerie and has been living in the US since he was 15 to perfect his game.

He earned his place on the lawns at SW19 by winning the NCAA men’s singles title – the first Brit to do so.

This was his first Grand Slam event and so his first best-of-five sets game.

He looked visibly nervous at the start and lost the first set in just 20 minutes. Jubb regained his nerve in the second set although he didn’t win his first game until 2-0 down in the second set.

Wimbledon 2019: Paul Jubb bows out in four sets after brave fight against Joao Sousa
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Gutsy Jubb steadily grew in confidence from then on and won the third set on a spellbinding tie-break, overcoming his lack of experience and power against his seasoned opponent with youthful energy and cheeky shot selection.

The almost one hour long third set took it out of Jubb and as he ventured into uncharted territory of a fourth set he wilted and went down winning just one game in just 22 minutes.

Jubb still collects £45,000 for the defeat although it is unclear how much of it he will get to keep due to strict amateur rules in America where he is based.

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