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South Carolina's Josh Goffi: USTA Circuit Player of the Week

April 22, 2003 04:50 PM

JOSH GOFFI

Birthdate: Jan. 24, 1979
Birthplace: Mt. Pleasant, SC
Residence: Charleston, SC
Height: 6’ 2”
Weight: 185 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed

Twenty-four-year-old qualifier Josh Goffi of Charleston, SC, captured the first USTA Professional Circuit titles of his career last week, when he swept the singles and doubles championships at the 2003 Sprint USTA Futures of Elkin, N.C. In singles, Goffi came from behind to defeat Tripp Phillips of Charlotte, NC, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the championship match. In the doubles final, he teamed with Travis Parrott of Atlanta, and the duo, seeded second, upset top seeds Phillips and Huntley Montgomery of Charlottesville, VA, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Prior to Elkin, Goffi’s best singles result at a USTA Circuit event occurred at the Futures event in Pensacola, FL, two weeks ago, when he advanced to the semifinals after qualifying into the tournament. In doubles, his top performance was a runner-up finish, also with Parrott, at the Futures event in Mobile, AL, the week of March 24.

Goffi, a 2001 graduate of Clemson University, has also had success competing on the ITF Futures Circuit. Earlier this year, he won doubles titles in Redbridge, England, and Bressuire, France, and he was a doubles finalist in Feucherolles, France. In 2002, he reached the doubles final at the Canada Futures event in Mississauga, Ontario, and the singles semifinals in Lachine, Quebec.


2003 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Futures event in Elkin, NC…. Qualified into the singles event and defeated Tripp Phillips, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the final… In doubles, teamed with Travis Parrott to beat Huntley Montgomery and Phillips, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, to take home the championship…. The titles are the first he has won on the USTA Professional Circuit.
  • Qualified into the USTA Futures event in Pensacola, FL, and advanced to the semifinals, where he lost to Paul Goldstein, 7-5, 6-2.
  • Advanced to the doubles final (with Parrott) at the Futures event in Mobile, AL, losing to Michael Joyce and Kevin Kim, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5.
  • Won the doubles title (with Parrott) at the Great Britain Futures event in Redbridge, defeating Jamie Delgado and Louis Vosloo, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, in the final… Qualified into the singles event and advanced to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Marcus Sarstrand, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
  • Won the doubles title (with Parrott) at the France Futures event in Bressuire, defeating Laurent Hild and Gilles Kremer, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.
  • Was a doubles finalist (with Matthieu Amgwerd) at the France Futures event in Feucherolles, beating Marc Gicquel and Nicolas Mahut, 7-5, 6-4.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2002

  • Reached doubles quarterfinals (with Alan Mackin) at two Jamaica Futures events in Montego Bay.
  • Was a doubles quarterfinalist at the USTA Futures events in Jackson, Miss. (with Ryan Moore), and Fresno, Calif. (with James Shortall).
  • Advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the USTA Futures event in Arlington, TX… Lost to Nashville, TN's Brian Baker, 6-1, 6-4.
  • Reached the singles semifinals at the Canada Futures event in Lachine, Quebec, before falling to doubles partner Michael Tebbutt, 6-2, 7-6 (2)… In doubles, he and Tebbutt advanced to the quarterfinals.
  • Finished runner-up in doubles (with Tebbutt) at the Canada Futures event in Mississauga, Ontario… In singles, advanced to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Andrew Nisker, 6-4, 6-4.
  • Qualified into the singles event at the Great Britain Futures event in Nottingham, England, and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Philipp Marx, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2… Also advanced to the doubles quarterfinals with partner Fred Hemmes Jr.

2001

  • Won the master’s event at the Italy 6 Satellite event, defeating Matteo Gotti, 7-6 (3), 6-4, in the final.
  • Qualified into the singles event at the France Futures event in La Roche Sur Yon and advanced to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Francesco Aldi, 6-3, 6-3… Also reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Ricardo Jordan).
  • Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Gordon Uehling) at the France Futures event in Saint Dizier.
  • Advanced to the doubles final (with Nick Rainey) at the France Futures event in Nevers.
  • Completed his collegiate career at Clemson University… Broke his finger during his senior year when he dove for a volley and landed on his finger. Was ranked 13th in the country at the time of his injury, and because he had to miss several matches, finished at No. 76 in the final ITA singles rankings… Also ended the year ranked eighth in the Mideast Region.

2000

  • Reached doubles semifinals at the Mexico Futures events in Campeche and Cozumel (with James Shortall).
  • Finished his junior year at Clemson ranked 49th in singles and 21st in doubles (with teammate Darren Knight).
  • Was named All-ACC.
  • Played No. 1 singles for the Tigers and finished the season with a 22-15 overall record, second on the team for most wins.
  • In doubles, teamed with Knight to post an 18-10 record at No. 1 doubles.

1999

  • Finished his sophomore year at Clemson with a 30-19 overall singles record, the most wins of any player on the team.
  • Won the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Flight Championship at No. 3 singles.
  • In his first tournament of the fall season, won five consecutive matches to capture the Clemson Fall Classic singles title.
  • While he spent the most time competing at No. 3 singles, also played 11 matches at No. 1 singles, including two in the NCAA Tournament.
  • In doubles, finished 27-13 overall and again led the team in overall wins. Teamed with Pablo Bellagamba to win the Clemson Fall Classic Tournament, and the duo finished 6-2 in ACC play... Teamed with Marko Gojanovic to win flight three of the Florida State Fall Tennis Classic… They also defeated William & Mary in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

1998

  • Finished his freshman season with a 16-19 record overall and a 4-4 mark in ACC matches... Played most of his matches at No. 3 singles and had a 7-9 record at this position… Also posted a 4-2 mark when he competed at No. 2 singles.
  • In doubles, finished the season with a 16-16 record overall... Played at No. 3 doubles and teamed with Sandon Barth, posting a 10-10 record overall and a 5-4 record in the ACC.

PERSONAL

  • Took up the sport at a late age and competed in his first tennis tournament at age 14.
  • Grew up playing soccer and once thought he would become a soccer pro.
  • Father, Carlos, is also involved in tennis. He played professionally and has been a successful coach, who at one time worked with John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe and Peter Fleming. He currently runs a tennis program in Florida and is also one of Josh’s coaches.
  • Favorite tennis player is John McEnroe.
  • Attended Clemson University from 1997-2001 and graduated with a degree in finance.
  • Attended Bishop England High School in Charleston, S.C., and went undefeated in both singles and doubles during his high school career.
 

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