YORK-raised Paul Jubb is eager to improve his world rankings after booking his spot in round two of the LTA’s Rothesay Open in straight sets.

A superb victory for Jubb saw the 24-year-old overcome the challenge of Croatian Duje Ajdukovic in straight sets of 7-6 (1) and 6-4.

The triumph for Jubb means that he will take on one of Yunchaokete Bu or Jacob Fearnley, after becoming the first British man to proceed into the second round.

The second round is set to take place prior to Sunday June 16, with the competition concluding within the space of a seven day championship.

Jubb now hopes that the win will boost his world ranking position of 298, explaining how he manufactured the victory over Ajdukovic.

“It was a very tricky match today, no rhythm, a bit scrappy at times but I just stayed with it, stayed calm and got through it in the end,” Jubb told the Lancashire Times.

“Sometimes you just have to get through those matches.

“What I have been doing since the start of the year, my level has been really good. My ranking doesn’t reflect my level at all, I can confidently say that.

“It’s just a process for me now trying to get my ranking up with every tournament I play. I am producing a high level right now.”

Jubb boasts previous experience of playing at a high level, having previously taken on eventual finalist Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the 2022 Wimbledon championships.

The 24-year-old also previously took on eventual champion of the 2019 Eastbourne International, Taylor Fritz in 2019.

This came after his ATP Tour by winning two qualifying matches, as well as also lifting the NCAA Division One Men’s Tennis Championship as a member of the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Jubb had the home support to thank after performing in Nottingham, admitting that he prefers to play in his own country.

Jubb would go on to add: “It’s great playing in front of home fans compared to being abroad, you just get that little extra bit o support.

“It is always nice to have that little extra boost.”