Goldstein becomes the Crash Davis of professional tennis
11/7/05 0:50 AM
Tennis now has its own Crash Davis.
Paul Goldstein, 29, of San Francisco, defeated Canada’s Frank Dancevic, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, in the final of the USTA / ADTECH Challenger in Boston Sunday to capture his 26th career USTA Pro Circuit title, becoming the Crash Davis of tennis.
“I like being called the ‘Crash Davis’ of tennis,” said Goldstein, who earned $10,800 along with the Boston title. “It means that I have won a lot of matches, a lot of titles, and have been out here for a long time doing what I love.“
Goldstein was tied with Mark Merklein for most singles (11), doubles (14) and career (25) men’s title on the USTA Pro Circuit, the minor leagues of professional tennis in the United States consisting of Futures and Challengers with purses ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. The USTA Pro Circuit began in 1979 to provide players an opportunity to earn ranking points outside of tour-level events.
The USTA presented Goldstein with his own commemorative bobble head doll to recognize the accomplishment.
Ranked No. 81 in the world, Goldstein will look to extend his record at the $75,000 Music City Challenger in Nashville next week, where he will be the No. 1 seed. This summer, he eclipsed $1 million in career earnings and collected his biggest paycheck, $50,000, for reaching the US Open men’s doubles semifinals with former college teammate Jim Thomas.
Goldstein had an outstanding amateur career during which he won consecutive USTA Boys’ 18s national titles (1993-94) and became the only player in the history of collegiate tennis to be part of four NCAA championship teams. He ended his amateur career in the 1998 NCAA singles final, losing to Stanford teammate Bob Bryan.