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Paul Herbert Goldstein (born August 4, 1976) is a retired tennis player from the United States, who turned professional in 1998. He announced his retirement from professional tennis in February 2008, as he was starting working with a clean energy company.

Paul Goldstein
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Country (sports) United States
ResidenceSan Francisco, California
Born (1976-08-04) August 4, 1976 (age 43)
Washington, D.C.
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Turned pro1998
Retired2008
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,620,456
Singles
Career record85–115
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 58 (24 April 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1999)
French Open2R (2000)
Wimbledon3R (1999, 2000)
US Open2R (1998, 1999, 2004, 2006)
Doubles
Career record56–88
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 40 (5 February 2007)

As a junior, he won the USTA Boys' 16s National Championship in 1992, and the USTA Boys' 18s National Championships in both 1993 and 1994. He then played college tennis at Stanford University, from which he graduated after a career in which he was named and All-American each of the four years he played, and the team won the national championship each year.

The right-hander reached career-high ATP Tour rankings of World No. 58 in singles in April 2006, and World No. 40 in doubles in February 2007. He is now head coach of the Stanford Men's tennis team.

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Early lifeEdit

Goldstein was born Washington DC and raised in Rockville, Maryland, and is Jewish.[1][2][3][4] He is the son of Clark Goldstein, a former national table tennis champion. He started playing when he was nine.

He won the USTA Boys' 16s National Championship in 1992, and the USTA Boys' 18s National Championships in both 1993 and 1994 (in 1994, defeating Jan-Michael Gambill).[5] He also won the 1994 doubles championship with Scott Humphries.[6]

He is a 1994 graduate of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., where he was a four-time Washington Post First Team All Met selection ('91–'94).[5][7][8]

College careerEdit

Goldstein played college tennis at Stanford University and graduated in 1998 with a degree in human biology.[5] He was an All-American each year, and the team won the national championship each year.[5] In his senior year he was Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1998, after a 33-2 season in which he was team captain.[5]

Pan American GamesEdit

Goldstein won the gold medal in singles at the 1999 Pan American Games defeating Cecil Mamiit.

Pro careerEdit

He had 26 USTA titles through November 2005.[2]

In January 1999 at the Australian Open he shocked world # 8 Greg Rusedski, 6–4, 6–7(11,) 7–6(5), 6–2. In June at Wimbledon he upset both world # 33 Jan Siemerink, 6–4, 5–7, 4–6, 6–2, 6–1, and # 17 Félix Mantilla, 6–2, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–2. In August he upset world # 8 Àlex Corretja of Spain 7–6(11), 7–6(5), in Washington, D.C..

In February 2000 he defeated world # 17 Patrick Rafter of Australia 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, in Delray Beach, Florida.

In the 2005 US Open, Goldstein and Jim Thomas upset defending champions and #1 seeds Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor in the first round, as well as Simon Aspelin and Todd Perry in the QFs, before losing to eventual champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the SFs. In the 2006 US Open, Goldstein and Thomas again defeated Knowles and Nestor (this time in the 3rd round).

Goldstein and Jim Thomas lost in the doubles finals of the 2006 SAP Open to 47-year-old John McEnroe and Jonas Björkman. They also were doubles finalists in two other ATP tournaments in 2006 (Indianapolis, won by Andy Roddick and Bobby Reynolds, and Tokyo, won by Ashley Fisher and Tripp Phillips).

In February 2006 he beat world # 18 Robby Ginepri 6–7(4), 6–3, 6–1, in Las Vegas, and in July he defeated world # 13 Lleyton Hewitt 6–4, 6–4 in Los Angeles. In the January Australian Open, he beat future champion Novak Djokovic in the first round 6–2, 1–6, 6–3, 6–2. Paul was easily defeated in the next round by Tommy Haas 0-6, 1-6, 2-6. Haas lost to Federer in 5 sets in the fourth round.[9][circular reference]

In January 2007 he defeated world # 21 Dominik Hrbatý of Slovakia 6–2, 7–6(4), in Adelaide, Australia. The next month he defeated world # 45 Julien Benneteau in Las Vegas, 6–1, 6–0. Despite losing in the first round of singles at the Tunica Resorts Challenger in May, he and Donald Young won the doubles final, defeating Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos 4–6, 6–1, 10–4.

Tennis exhibitionsEdit

Goldstein has participated in exhibition events for other tennis players and their charities, including Andy Roddick, Jim Thomas, and the Bryan brothers. On September 27, 2008, he participated in The Bryan Brothers' All-Star Tennis Smash in Thousand Oaks, California, initially playing doubles with Justin Gimblestob, and ending up playing singles with Andre Agassi (losing 7–5).

Post-retirementEdit

Goldstein officially retired in February 2008 and began working with a clean energy company in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2004 he married his college sweetheart and partner of nine years, Abbie; it was she who persuaded him to play on during the 2007 season. They live in Menlo Park, California, with their three children.[5]

In 2014, Goldstein became head coach of the Stanford Men's Tennis Team.[5]

Halls of FameEdit

Goldstein was inducted into the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.[5]

Goldstein was inducted into the North California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.[2]

ATP Tour and Challenger singles titles (12)Edit

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (12)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. August 3, 1998 Lexington, United States Hard   Lee Hyung-taik 6–1, 6–4
2. January 24, 2000 Waikoloa, United States Hard   André Sá 7–5, 6–2
3. July 30, 2001 Lexington, United States Hard   Doug Gallagher 1–6, 6–3, 6–2
4. October 28, 2002 Tyler, United States Hard   Mardy Fish 6–7, 6–4, 6–3
5. June 2, 2003 Tallahassee, United States Hard   Alex Kim 2–6, 6–2, 4–0 ret.
6. November 10, 2003 Austin, United States Hard   Robert Kendrick 6–3, 6–3
7. November 17, 2003 Champaign, United States Hard Indoors   Brian Vahaly 6–3, 6–1
8. September 20, 2004 Covington, United States Hard   André Sá 6–2, 6–0
9. January 24, 2005 Waikoloa, United States Hard   Cecil Mamiit 6–2, 6–2
10. October 31, 2005 Boston, United States Hard (i)   Frank Dancevic 5–7, 7–5, 6–3
11. October 9, 2006 Sacramento, United States Hard   Rajeev Ram 7–6, 4–6, 7–5
12. May 14, 2007 Forest Hills, United States Clay   Adrián García walkover

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "On His Last Legg?"
  2. ^ a b "NorCal Jewish Hall of Fame to induct 2015 class of sports standouts" – J
  3. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  4. ^ "Gimel takes his game from court to announcers booth" – J
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Paul Goldstein - Taube Family Director of Men's Tennis" - Stanford University
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Paul Goldstein: Circuit Player of the Week"
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ 2006 Australian Open – Men's Singles

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