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April 29, 1988 - Image 87

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-04-29

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Goldberg, an Avon, CT
native, frequently surprises
people. He confesses to being
"a terrible athlete." His
Wolverine teammates "can't
believe that I could be that
poor of an athlete and that
slow on the court and still win
matches and beat great
So how does the left-hander
win? Goldberg says he is "real
competitive. Got a pretty good
attitude out there. I'm just
real solid. I don't beat myself.
I'm very consistent — at least
when I'm playing well — and
I play a real smart game,
move the ball around, a lot of
spins, real deceptive. In fact I
move real well on th court, so
I've got great anticipation, I
can see where the ball is go-
ing. So I'm a pretty deceptive
player. In the past, people
have taken me for granted
because they see my strokes
and they don't look real good
and my game itself just
doesn't look real impressive.
But I'm a tough person to
Goldberg bloomed in his
freshman year at Kingswood-
Oxford High School in CT. He
was the number one player in
New England and was rank-
ed 12th in the country in the
18-and-under division.
As a Michigan freshman "I
figured coming in I'd probably
play around number six!' In-
stead, he earned the number
one singles spot and posted a
22-10 overall record, 10-2 in
the Big 10. He was number
two for most of last season
and went 42-9 overall, 8-0 in
conference play.
Goldberg was All-Big 10
both seasons and All-
American last year.
This year Goldberg and
senior Ed Nagel have alter-
nated between numbers one
and two in singles. Goldberg
is 28-9 overall, 5-1 in the Big
10. He is 12-3 in doubles
"For most of the year I've
played pretty well," says
Goldberg, whose Wolverines
are gunning for their 17th
Big 10 titles in Coach Brian
Eisner's 19 seasons. "I've
been real solid. I've pretty
much picked up where I left
off (in the NCAA's). There've
been some high expectations.
It's a tough thing just not to
look at those!'
Goldberg has the Big 10
and NCAA championships to
look forward to next month.
In the summer he hopes to
again be selected for the
U.S. Junior Davis Cup team,
a program which pays the ex-
penses of promising col-
legians while they play in
professional tournaments.
Goldberg chalked up a win

over veteran Tim Wilkison, a
former U.S. Open quarter-
finalist, during last summer's
play. "It was a learning ex-
perience," says Goldberg, who
hopes to join the tour as a pro
after he completes his college
career. "You find that
everyone (on the tour) is very
close, other than the top 10.
The top 10 are genuinely very
good. But really after that, on
any given day you can play
close with them and possibly
even beat them:'
Goldberg may also compete
in the 1989 Maccabiah
Games in Israel, if he has
time to try out. The tryouts,
he says, are scheduled for
January. "If we don't have
any matches I'd definitely
consider taking a weekend off
and flying wherever to try
out. It's a great honor. I've
talked to some people who
have participated and they've
had a great time!' Goldberg
could also get an exemption
because of his national status.
The political science major
has not decided what he will
do if he does not make it on
the pro tour. But he knows he
will have two more chances to
put his name alongside Con-
nors' and McEnroes' as an
NCAA champion. ❑

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Last Chance
For Scenic Run

Runners who take part in
the 11th annual Chai Run on
Sunday should take care to
appreciate the scenic early
portion of the Pleasant Lake
course, because it will not be
the same next year.
One of the attractions of the
non-competitive run is the
hilly course which runs
through parks and subdivi-
sions in the West Bloomfield
area. "The first three to six
miles are particularly nice,"
says race chairman Jerry
Wolberg. "They go through
lakes and trees. It used to be
a horse ranch called Roy's
Sadly for the Chai runners;
the ranch has been sold to
The event begins at 8 a.m.
Sunday for those running one
mile, 8:30 a.m. for those run-
ning longer distances. Run-
ners go as far as 18 miles. Pat-
ches will be awarded to all
finishers. There are different
patches given for each of the
six distances. Since the run is
non-competitive, there are no
first-place trophies. Times are
not kept, although they will
be posted for the runners'
benefit. "We try to treat
everybody the same," says
All courses begin and end
at the Maple/Drake Jewish
Community Center.


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