Jubb wants to build valuable momentum after Surbiton Trophy release

Hull tennis ace Paul Jubb is aiming to build momentum during the grass-court season after losing to Otto Virtanen in the second round of the Surbiton Trophy.

Jubb – who is part of the LTA’s Pro scholarship program, the highest level of support for players aged 16-24 – fought hard but fell 2-6 7-5 6-3 to the qualifier Finland during the ATP Challenger Tour event.

And Jubb admitted afterwards that there was a lot he wanted to work on ahead of the UK summer on grass.

“There is probably a lot to work on. I don’t feel very good about my game. I think yesterday I handled the game very well, but I still didn’t really feel it today,” the 22-year-old said.

“He [Virtanen] made a lot of mistakes in the first set, which helped me a lot, but he started playing much better in the second and third and he gave me fewer chances behind his first serve. It’s a weekly process, a daily process. Hopefully it’s about working hard and trying to find that confidence.

“He’s just a very difficult player to play anyway, no pace against him. He has a really big serve and he can be very hot one minute, very cold the next. It’s hard to get rid of him in a game like this so it’s never easy to play against him.

Despite his disappointment on Thursday, Jubb was encouraged by his first-round win over Mikhail Kukushkin earlier in the week.

The Kazakh is one of the most experienced players on the tour, and Jubb managed to beat him 6-4 7-6 (9) to start his grass season in style.

Jubb commented: “It was a very tricky match, he’s obviously very experienced. It was hard to pass and I’m glad I was able to find a way. It wasn’t an easy game, he doesn’t make it easy on grass. I am happy with this victory.

“It’s just tournament by tournament. I don’t have high expectations, I’m just trying to improve myself and my game and see what I can do week by week.

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Laura J. Boyer