Andre Agassi took only 52 minutes to down Sargis Sargsian 6-2, 6-1 and capture the inaugural HealthSouth/ USTA Men’s Challenger of Burbank.
It was Agassi’s first tournament title since he won the men’s singles at the Atlanta Olympics in August 1996.
Seeded third in the hardcourt event at the Burbank Tennis Club, Agassi earned $7,200 for his victory over his Armenian foe. Sargsian was seeded No. 1 in the $50,000 tournament. The final was delayed one day by rain.
Attempting to regain the form that made him the world’s top-ranked player in 1995, the year he won the Australian Open, Agassi has played two USTA Challengers - the “minor leagues” - in the last three weeks. He was runner-up at the USTA Challenger in Las Vegas.
With his tournament victory, Agassi will move up to about 105 in the world when the next rankings are compiled.