Paul Jubb has joined Andy Murray’s management group – and now wants to show the same fire as the Grand Slam winner to inspire a new generation.
Jubb shot to fame when he made his Wimbledon debut as a wildcard last summer. Now, 20, he has opted to leave the University of South Carolina to turn pro and join Murray’s 77 group.
Like the Scot, the world No.519 grew up miles away from the All England Club, on a Hull council estate.
And Jubb, who will now be mentored by the former world No.1, said he can identify with the rebellious outsider who went on to win three Grand Slam titles.
“It’s always been an aspect that has drawn me to Andy because I love that fire that he has,” he said.
“It’s something different – the passion that he has for the game, the will to win, it just comes out of him when he is playing.
“A lot of people talk about the complaining he does on court but it just shows how much he cares and I love that fire about him.
“He is not dull to watch. That’s certainly an aspect that draws me to him the most.
“You see how far he is willing to go to win. You see how big his heart is when he is playing. He puts all of his emotions into it. That’s how it should be.
“If you really want it, then you’re gonna have lots of emotions, so to me it shows how bad he wants which I really like about him.
“Now I can use him as a source of knowledge and use his brain to try and help me on the tennis court. I’m definitely super excited.”
Murray’s success has boosted the popularity of tennis, especially in Scotland, and Jubb hopes his story can also inspire a different demographic.
Raised by his grandmother Valerie after the death of both his parents, he went from playing on park courts in Hull to winning the NCAA Men’s Tennis title – the biggest college prize in the USA.
“My story is not traditional,” he said. “Hopefully I can have more success in the future, and more kids around the country can see that you don’t have to grow up in a traditional background to get far in the sport.
“I would certainly like to think – maybe I am a bit now, but even more so in the future – that I can be a good role model, and kids can look up to me and see my story and how far I’ve come from where I’ve come from.”
Jubb has joined the LTA Pro Scholarship Programme and his first aim is to break into the top 100.
But after hitting once with Murray last year, he can’t start training with him or anyone else yet because of the pandemic.
“It’s obviously frustrating,” Jubb said. “Any tennis player right now wants to be playing.”
Murray, who is continuing his rehabbing back from a groin injury, said: “We’re delighted he chose to sign with us as he starts on his journey as a professional tennis player.
“He’s got a great mindset and work ethic, I’m looking forward to helping him develop as an athlete in any way I can.”