Andre Agassi was a very naughty pirate Saturday night at the U.S. Indoor Championships, and was lucky to leave with only a $2,350 fine for his outlandish indiscretions.
After enduring too many 120-mph serves and a couple of questionable line calls, the hottest player in tennis got steamy under the bandana.
During a stunning semifinal defeat, Agassi socked a ball toward the fans, hurled several rackets toward the umpire and was penalized a point for two code violations.
He flirted with a default and a possible suspension, scratching his rear in the direction of the umpire, and berating linesmen. Finally, after losing 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-2 to Thomas Enqvist of Sweden, Agassi was booed off the court when he slammed his racket into the umpire stand instead of shaking hands with Carlos Bernardes of Brazil.
“The match was over,” Agassi said later, before ATP tour supervisor Mark Darby decided against a suspension punishment. “There’s no point losing your temper after it’s over. They (the fans) just had a reaction to what I did, and that’s understandable.
Enqvist will face Michael Chang today in the final.
In far less dramatic fashion, Chang defeated Paul Haarhuis in 51 minutes 6-2, 6-0.
Chang can become the first repeat winner since Tim Mayotte in 1987.88.
Trailing 2-1, Chang won 20 of his next 26 points and broke Haarhuis twice in the opening set.
In Stuttgart, Germany, Michael Stich not only beat arch rival Boris Becker in the semifinals of Eurocard Open, he sent his fellow German to one of his most embarrassing defeats.
Stich beat the top-seeded Becker 6-0, 6-3 in a match that took only 64 minutes.
Stich’s victory put him in today’s final against Richard Krajicek, the big-serving Dutchman, who rolled past qualifier Martin Damm of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-3.