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 will start working with a clean energy company.

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.

Early life

Goldstein is the son of Clark Goldstein, a former national table tennis champion. He started playing when he was nine.

He won the USTA Boys' 18s in both 1993 and 1994 (in 1994, defeating Jan-Michael Gambill). He also won the 1994 doubles championship with Scott Humphries.[1]

He is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., where he was a four-time Washington Post First Team All Met selection ('91–'94).[2][3]

College career

Goldstein played college tennis at Stanford University and graduated in 1998 with a degree in human biology.

Pan American Games

Goldstein won a gold medal in singles at the 1999 Pan American Games.

Pro career

He had 26 USTA titles through November 2005.[4]

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.

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 exhibitions

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 esteemed college sweetheart and partner of nine years, Abbie; it was she who persuaded him to play on during the 2007 season.

ATP Tour and Challenger singles titles (12)

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 South Korea Lee Hyung-taik 6–1, 6–4
2. January 24, 2000 Waikoloa, United States Hard Brazil André Sá 7–5, 6–2
3. July 30, 2001 Lexington, United States Hard United States Doug Gallagher 1–6, 6–3, 6–2
4. October 28, 2002 Tyler, United States Hard United States Mardy Fish 6–7, 6–4, 6–3
5. June 2, 2003 Tallahassee, United States Hard United States Alex Kim 2–6, 6–2, 4–0 ret.
6. November 10, 2003 Austin, United States Hard United States Robert Kendrick 6–3, 6–3
7. November 17, 2003 Champaign, United States Hard Indoors United States Brian Vahaly 6–3, 6–1
8. September 20, 2004 Covington, United States Hard Brazil André Sá 6–2, 6–0
9. January 24, 2005 Waikoloa, United States Hard Philippines Cecil Mamiit 6–2, 6–2
10. October 31, 2005 Boston, United States Hard (i) Canada Frank Dancevic 5–7, 7–5, 6–3
11. October 9, 2006 Sacramento, United States Hard United States Rajeev Ram 7–6, 4–6, 7–5
12. May 14, 2007 Forest Hills, United States Clay Chile Adrián García walkover


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