Four Americans reached second round at Kroger St. Jude tennis
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) — Four American men advanced to the second round at the $895,000 Kroger St. Jude indoor tennis event on Monday.
Qualifier Paul Goldstein saved four match points against Australian Wayne Arthurs to post a 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) first-round victory. He came back from 3-5 in the final tiebreaker.
“I even surprised myself,” Goldstein said. “I haven’t won a tough match like that for a long time. Wayne has such a good return, and all the match points were on my serve. I got my first serve in on two of them, and he missed a backhand on the third. I was lucky. It’s tough for Wayne, but it feels great to get through.”
Once a member of the top 100 in 1999-2000, Goldstein has had to return to the Challengers and Futures circuits last year after suffering a variety of leg injuries.
Another American qualifier reached the second round as Jeff Morrison got past Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4.
In addition, two-time champion Todd Martin of the United States outlasted countryman Jeff Salzenstein, 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (9-7), and Taylor Dent defeated Rob Ginepri, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, in a battle between American prospects.