Updated: Rising tennis star Paul Jubb, born in York, makes impressive Wimbledon debut

A proud moment: Paul Jubb on court at Wimbledon. Photograph: Screenshot / BBC
2 Jul 2019 @ 6.48 pm
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Young British tennis star Paul Jubb has made an impressive Wimbledon debut in front of his family.

Born in York, the 19-year-old’s first game on the famous grass lawns was against Portugal’s Joao Sousa on court 17.

The 19-year-old, ranked 431 in the world, lost in four sets on Tuesday (2 July).

Jubb’s life and career trajectory is one of the most remarkable among the Brits appearing at the Championships this week.

Jubb was just a baby when his father Shaun, a soldier, killed himself – while his mother Jacinta passed away in hospital in 2008.

He left York aged four to be raised by his 77-year-old grandmother Valerie on a Hull council estate.

Proud moment

Valerie, along with most of his family, were at Wimbledon to watch his debut.

Speaking after the game, Jubb said: “I was just more happy for them, getting to watch me play at Wimbledon.”

He added: “They’ve all told me how proud they are and things like that… it’s just really nice.”

The teenager has a tattoo dedicated to his parents.

On Father’s Day last year, he shared this photo on Instagram:

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Jubb was spotted by a tennis coach when he was just five years old at primary school and since then has risen to the heights of the tennis world.

He was handed a wild card entry at this year’s Wimbledon, but because he is an amateur player he will not be able to collect his guaranteed £45,000 prize money.

Jubb lost 6-0, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1.