Kucera Destroys Agassi in Stunning Loss

Published June 2nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Twelve months ago Andre Agassi was the King of Roland Garros. On Thursday, hobbled by a blistered toe, he limped out of the tournament with a stunning second-round loss.  

Slovak ace Kucera destroyed Agassi's bid for a second successive title in Paris when he beat the ailing American 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 in their second-round match on Center Court. 

Top-seeded Agassi, who had won 28 of his previous 29 Grand Slam matches, was out-worked by Kucera over the final three sets. 

The loss ended his hopes of a Grand Slam after his victory in Australia in January and his bid to become only the eighth man in history to complete the Australian/French double. 

Watched by girlfriend Steffi Graf, last year's women's champion, Agassi underwent treatment at courtside on his right big toe when trailing 1-4 in the third set - but he was not able to fight back. 

Kucera, 27, had lost in the first round each of the last three years, but the man ranked just 65th eagerly grabbed his chance to win in exactly two hours. 

"I wasn't happy in the first set and I was lucky to get back into the second set," Kucera said. "I feel great, of course. I knew I had some chances." 

Agassi, clearly in discomfort from the callous and blister, sprayed the ball wildly as he made error after error in the final two sets. 

He left the complex immediately after his defeat, bypassing the mandatory press conference. Officials said he would be fined up to $10,000 - (Several Sources) 


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