Paul Goldstein (tennis)
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||San Francisco, California|
August 4, 1976 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 58 (24 April 2006)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1999)|
|French Open||2R (2000)|
|Wimbledon||3R (1999, 2000)|
|US Open||2R (1998, 1999, 2004, 2006)|
|Highest ranking||No. 40 (5 February 2007)|
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.
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.
Goldstein was born Washington DC and raised in Rockville, Maryland, and is Jewish. 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). He also won the 1994 doubles championship with Scott Humphries.
Goldstein played college tennis at Stanford University and graduated in 1998 with a degree in human biology. He was an All-American each year, and the team won the national championship each year. 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.
Pan American Games
He had 26 USTA titles through November 2005.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
In 2014, Goldstein became head coach of the Stanford Men's Tennis Team.
Halls of Fame
Goldstein was inducted into the North California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
ATP Tour and Challenger singles titles (12)
|Grand Slam (0)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0)|
|ATP Masters Series (0)|
|ATP Tour (0)|
|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|
- "On His Last Legg?"
- "NorCal Jewish Hall of Fame to induct 2015 class of sports standouts" – J
- Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
- "Gimel takes his game from court to announcers booth" – J
- "Paul Goldstein - Taube Family Director of Men's Tennis" - Stanford University
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- "Paul Goldstein: Circuit Player of the Week"
- Paul Goldstein at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Paul Goldstein at the International Tennis Federation
- Goldstein World Ranking History
- Jewish Virtual Library bio
- Jews in Sports bio
- "Paul Goldstein: Circuit Player of the Week", 11/9/05
- Jim Thomas (Goldstein's doubles partner) official website
- Goldstein participating in 2008 tennis exhibition event