Paul Jubb admits he's too skinny to reach the top after Ilkley Trophy exit

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The slimline Yorkshire teenager, who has been handed a wildcard into Wimbledon after winning the NCAA Championship in the United States where he is at university, was outmuscled by tattooed Austrian Dennis Novak 6-3, 6-2.

“I’m very skinny. I can definitely improve on my physicality but that’s a thing that takes time. I just have to keep going at it,” he said.

“There’s a lot of disappointment to be fair. It was a Yorkshire crowd and as an East Yorkshire boy I felt the love but I never got to the stage where I could fully get into the match.

“I’ll move on and come back stronger.”

His escalating fame had drawn a full house to Centre Court although with a capacity of 1,000 it was not quite what he can expect at SW19.

With Ilkley Moor in the background, the sheep in the neighbouring fields and the farm shop and ice cream van on site it felt more like a village fete than Wimbledon. A classy one though.

Ilkley, despite the Baht ‘at tune, is posh Yorkshire rather council estate Hull where Jubb was raised.

If there were any ferrets around they would be wearing top hats and tails and be riding in the back of Range Rovers.

The marquee, dispensing the champagne on Ladies’ Day at the tournament, emptied when he was announced but, serving from the Cow and Calf End, he was immediately broken and found himself 3-0 down against an opponent ranked 355 places above him.

There is plenty of fight about him though and with his balance and speed around the court he kept himself in it but the power deficit was ultimately telling and after surrendering the opening set he was broken again in the first game of the second set before succumbing in 58 minutes.

Katie Swan crashed out of the women’s event to the Czech Republic’s Tereza Smitkova after blowing three set points and a 5-0 lead in the third set.

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