At the Australian Open Ruben (ATP-116) was not able to to reach the main draw. He lost in two sets to compatriot Kimmer Coppejans (ATP-216) in the first qualifying round.
Kimmer and Ruben faced each other for the fourth time, in their previous matches it was always Coppejans who won the encounter. Coppejans won a tied first set with 7-5. In de second set Ruben had to surrender with 6-4. The match lasted almost 2 hours.