Gurfein was born in New York, New York, and is Jewish. His parents, Jay and Barbara, are both lawyers. Gurfein grew up in Great Neck, New York. He attended Great Neck North High School and Stanford University. At least while on tour, Gurfein kept a residence in Atlanta, Georgia.
Gurfein was runner-up of the 1981 NCAA singles tennis championship, falling to Stanford University teammate Tim Mayotte, and was an All American that year. He was a member of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team in 1981. In 1982 he won a doubles title in Cairo (CL) with D. Gitlin.
Grand Prix and WCT doubles finals (4)Edit
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1981||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Anders Järryd|| Andrés Gómez
|Runner-up||2.||1981||Manila, Philippines||Clay||Drew Gitlin|| Mike Bauer
|Winner||1.||1982||Cairo, Egypt||Clay||Drew Gitlin|| Heinz Günthardt
|Runner-up||3.||1983||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Erick Iskersky|| Anders Järryd
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- Jewish Post 12 March 1982 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program
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