Dean Goldfine

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Dean Goldfine (born March 8, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from the United States.

Coaching career[edit]

Goldfine was professional tennis player Todd Martin's coach from 1996 to 2002. Under his tutelage, Martin achieved a career-high rank of #4 in the ATP singles ranking, reached the US Open final, and qualified for the ATP year-end championship in 1999.

Goldfine has also coached Xavier Malisse and Aaron Krickstein on the ATP Tour, and Mary Joe Fernandez on the WTA Tour. He coached Mardy Fish part-time in 2004.

In 2003, the USTA named Goldfine as one of its USA Tennis High Performance Coaches. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he was sent as team coach for the USA tennis team alongside Patrick McEnroe. Goldfine was also involved in USA Davis Cup coaching activities as an assistant coach.

In the 2004 tennis off-season after the U.S.'s Davis Cup final against Spain, USA Davis Cup stalwart Andy Roddick hired Goldfine to replace Brad Gilbert as his full-time coach. Under Goldfine's coaching, Roddick won five titles (each on a different surface) and reached the 2005 Australian Open semifinal and 2005 Wimbledon final. In February 2006, Goldfine and Roddick decided to part ways amicably. Many tennis analysts agree on the fact that Goldfine made Roddick play a high percentage tennis and convincing him not to use his weapon, a flat and deep forehand. The result was Roddick relying only on his serve; he only defends and does not take control of the rallies; he rushes to the net with spinny approach shots and frequently gets passed. His inability to hit clean winners, and to flatten his groundstrokes like he used to in 2003/2004 made his results decrease, and John McEnroe described his game as a WTA game. Nowadays, Roddick makes fewer unforced errors than his opponent, but also fewer winners, so he struggles against players who can hit powerful shots in a whole match without making a lot of errors.

Playing career[edit]

In high school, Goldfine played number one for Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School. Goldfine played varsity tennis at Texas A&M University from 1983 to 1987. In 1989, he reached a career-high ATP Tour singles ranking of 628.

Personal[edit]

In 2000, Goldfine launched the Pat Goldfine Tennis Pro-Am, a charity fundraiser for cancer research, in memory of his mother who died of breast and lung cancer.

Goldfine resides in Aventura, Florida, son Max and daughter Emma.

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