Americans haven't done too well in the traditional international sports here at the World University Games. But in tennis, an event new to these games, the United States sparkled today, winning the gold and silver medals.
Richard Gallien from Pepperdine won the gold by defeating Stanford's Danny Goldie, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6. For Goldie, from McLean, Va., the silver medal is just the beginning of what may be a pivotal outdoor season.
"I hope this performance gets me tournament tough," Goldie said. "I hope to play some of the professional qualifying rounds and do a little better."
Goldie, 19, has already been chosen for the main draw of the D.C. National Bank Classic, and said he is scheduled to play a first-round match Monday or Tuesday night at Rock Creek Tennis Stadium.
Goldie, who just finished his freshman year at Stanford, was ranked No. 4 in the United States in 1982 in 18-and-under competition, singles and doubles. Earlier this year, he won the National Amateur singles championship. In his first season at Stanford, Goldie played No. 3 singles and helped his team win the NCAA title.
After winning the first two sets, Gallien, 22, was breezing, 5-1, in the third-set tie breaker. But Goldie staged a comeback, winning four of the next five points to come within two points of taking the set. Gallien, however, ended any further suspense by blasting a backhand winner off Goldie's first serve to close out the match.