Third-seeded Andre Agassi was bounced out of the French Open today by fellow American Chris Woodruff.
The unseeded Woodruff won the second-round match 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-2. Woodruff, listed 72nd in the computer rankings, is from Knoxville, Tenn.Agassi, a three-time Grand Slam champion and twice a finalist at the French Open, committed 63 unforced errors against 29 for Woodruff in the three-hour slugout.
In the crucial fifth set, Woodruff broke serve twice and served out the match, while Agassi made four errors. At match point Agassi netted a backhand return, Woodruff threw up his arms and dropped his racket.
The crowd rose to a standing ovation and Woodruff buried his face in his hands, sobbing.
"This is great. I feel so happy right now," said Woodruff, the 1993 NCAA champion. "I gave the crowd some good tennis. I'm elated."
It was only Woodruff's second victory in a Grand Slam match. His only other appearances at Grand Slams were the first round of the U.S. Open in 1993 and '95.
Monica Seles, struggled to victory in a tiebreaker and went on to beat Naoko Sawamatsu of Japan 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
Seles, playing with an injured shoulder, was nowhere near the form that made her a three-time French Open champion and clinched the Australian Open earlier this year.
Sharing the No. 1 seed with Steffi Graf, Seles committed 34 unforced errors, taking an hour to clinch the first set but ripped through the second in just 28 minutes.
Alberto Costa, one of the few players to defeat defending champion Thomas Muster, lost to fellow Spaniard Francisco Clavet 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6). Costa was seeded 12th.
Sixth-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia had little trouble downing Sweden's Thomas Johansson 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 and No. 7 Jim Courier coasted against Czech David Rikl 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. American Todd Martin defeated former three-time French Open winner Mats Wilander 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
Twelfth-seeded Mary Pierce of France sweated for her 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win over Dally Randriantefy of Madagascar. Switzerland's Martina Hingis, No. 15, also advanced to the third round with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Petra Begerow of Germany.
The French Open's two defending champions breezed through their first-round matches Tuesday.
After a few tough rallies in the first set, Muster defeated Frederick Fetterlein of Denmark 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Graf downed Larisa Neiland of Latvia 6-3, 6-2 in less than an hour.
Michael Chang, the 1989 champion and fourth-seeded this year, made quick work of German David Prinosil, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in less than 90 minutes.
Jennifer Capriati, the former American teen-age star back for the first time since making the quarterfinals in 1993, was knocked out in the first round Tuesday by China's Yi Jingqian 6-3, 7-5.
In 1990, Capriati made the semifinals at 14 but now ranks 106th in the world since her short comeback this year.
"When I'm out there, I do feel a lot of emotions," she said. "I'm working on my game and doing the best I can."