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American Qualifier Takes Home Title at the $15,000 Sprint USTA Elkin Futures

April 14, 2003 11:15 AM

He did what it took to take it home today. Starting from last Saturday's qualifying round, American Josh Goffi made his mark at the 9th annual Sprint USTA Elkin Futures tournament as he took home first place.

Having battled through numerous opponents with higher rankings, Goffi found himself in today's finals facing fellow countryman Tripp Phillips.

Over the course of the more than two hour match, Goffi first began with a stumbling start as he lost the first set to Phillips, 6-4.

Making a stand in the second set, Goffi made a significant comeback and put Phillips on the defense with a 6-2 win.

The final set was a white-knuckle event. Goffi got out to an early 3-0 lead before Phillips began a strong push to even the score. After running the score to 5-4, Goffi was able to break Phillips' serve and take the win.

With his hard earned win, Goffi took home $1,950 first place check.

In doubles action, Goffi retained his stature as he and his teammate Travis Parrott of America took the win over the last year's Elkin Futures winning American team of Huntley Montgomery and Tripp Phillips, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.

The Sprint USTA Elkin Futures features 32 singles players and a 16-team doubles field. The tournament is held at the Elkin Recreation Center, 399 N.C. 268 W., in Elkin. Admission to the tournament is free.

The USTA organizes, sponsors and administers the USTA Professional Circuit, the gateway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis professionals and a frequent battleground for established players. The 2003 circuit features nearly 100 events for men and women. Prize money at USTA Professional Circuit events range from $10,000 to $75,000, with more than $3 million in total purse. Players also earn valuable ATP and Sanex WTA tour ranking points.

Among the players to have launched notable careers on the USTA Professional Circuit are: Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, Patrick Rafter, Mary Pierce, Todd Martin, Chanda Rubin, Alexandra Stevenson, Jan-Michael Gambill, Anna Kournikova, Meghann Shaughnessy, James Blake and Andy Roddick.

Sunday's­ Results
Singles - Final
Q-Josh Goffi, United States, def. Tripp Phillips, United States, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Doubles - Semifinals
Huntley Montgomery and Tripp Phillips (1), United States, def. Raven Klaasen and Willem Petrus Meyer (3), Republic of South Africa, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
Josh Goffi and Travis Parrott (2), United States, def. James Auckland, Great Britain, and Johan Du Randt, Republic of South Africa, 7-6, 6-4

Doubles Final
Josh Goffi and Travis Parrott (2), United States, def. Huntley Montgomery and Tripp Phillips (1), United States, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.

For more information, contact:
Ben Silvester, Tournament Press Aide
(336) 835-1513




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