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Charleston's Josh Goffi and Atlanta's Travis Parrott Take Doubles Title at Eddleman USTA $50K Challenger

May 11, 2003 11:39 AM

Josh Goffi and Travis Parrott entered the Eddleman USTA $50K Challenger in Birmingham as Wild Cards. Yet despite their underdog status, Goffi and Parrott played like ATP tour veterans as they rolled through the draw enroute to yesterday's final match-up with No. 3 seed, and fellow Americans, Paul Goldstein and Robert Kendrick. Goldstein and Kendrick have been tour mainstay's for several years now and both have several USTA Circuit Titles between them. Despite the seemingly obvious mismatch, Goffi and Parrott took out the more experienced players in three hard fought sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

Along the way Goffi and Parrott defeated the No. 1 seeded team of Brandon Coupe and Scott Humphries in the semifinals by a score of 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-1.

Josh Goffi and Travis Parrott were born and raised in the USTA Southern Section. Goffi, was born in Mt. Pleasant, SC, but currently resides in Charleston and Parrott calls Atlanta home. Goffi captured the first USTA Professional Circuit titles of his career in mid-April, when he swept the singles and doubles championships at the 2003 Sprint USTA Futures of Elkin, NC. 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 Parrott 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, in March of 2002, 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.

The singles title was won by Spain's Oscar Hernandez. Hernandez defeated America'a Alex Kim in a relatively easy straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

You can download the current singles and doubles draw and view it using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Now in its 14th year, the Eddleman USTA Challenger has become the premier tennis event in Alabama. Held each year at the Brook Highland Racquet Club, the 2003 Eddleman USTA Challenger showcases some of the top tennis talent in the world.

An annual tradition, the Eddleman tournament has emerged from its humble beginnings in 1990 as a $12,000 USTA Satellite Event, becoming a $50,000 Challenger in 2002. Past participants include James Blake, Todd Martin, Mats Wilander, Mikael Pernfors, and Tommy Haas. The tournament has served as a model for new tournaments across the country, and was awarded the USTA Clay Court Championships in 1994.

Each year local charities benefit from the event, as tickets are donated to youth organizations around the community. Kid's Day at the tournament is a perennial favorite, and this year's event is sure to be a smash.




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