French Open, Paris
May 28, 1990; 128 Draw (16 seeded) – $2,700,000; Surface – Clay
It was wide open tournament, a long-time No. 1 in the world – Ivan Lendl was gradually declining, and withdrew from the competition in Paris for the first time since his debut in 1978, Michael Chang’s second miracle in a row was very doubtful, two-top seeded players (Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker) weren’t favorites on their least favorite surface; because of that Andre Agassi had to deal with tremendous pressure… 30-year-old Andre Gomez, one of the best players of the previous decade, took an advantage of the favorable circumstances and got his first and only major title. The Ecuadorian had showed his potential in the past but was rather unlucky – three times lost equal quarterfinals in Paris to Lendl (1984, 86-87), every time when the Czechoslovak became the champion.
First round: Stephen Wilson
For the first time ever two top seeded players were eliminated in the first round of a major, and it happened the same day (!): Stefan Edberg  and Boris Becker  might be familiar sights on Center Court at Wimbledon, but they did quick disappearing acts Tuesday in a historic pair of upsets at the French Open. Edberg and Becker, were bounced in the first round by two European teen-agers, showing once again that the slow clay of Roland Garros is no place for fast-court specialists. An error-prone Edberg was swept easily in straight sets by 19-year-old Sergi Bruguera of Spain 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. Two matches later on center court, Becker lost to 18-year-old Yugoslav  Goran Ivanisevic 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. It was the first time in history that the top two seeds, male or female, have lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament. The losses also marked the first time Edberg and Becker failed to reach the second round of a Grand Slam event and derailed their hopes of overtaking Ivan Lendl for the world’s top ranking. “That’s what Grand Slam tournaments are all about,” Becker said. “Even if you’re one of the top seeds, there are many players who are unseeded who can beat you.” Between them, Becker and Edberg have won four of the last five Wimbledons. And last year they both reached the semifinals in Paris, with Edberg beating Becker before losing to Michael Chang in the final. But both have struggled on clay this spring. “Last year Edberg and I proved we can play well on clay,” Becker said. “But it’s getting more difficult because there are so many good players right now. Even in the first round, you have to play 95 percent to win.”
Ivanisevic, who is 6 feet 4, served 19 aces, an extraordinary feat on the slow, red clay. He reached the round of 16 in last year’s French Open after appearing on the scene as a qualifier in the quarterfinals of the 1989 Australian Open. “He was just playing out of his mind,” Becker said. “I was hoping he would get tired, but it was the other way. He was getting better and better“. Ivanisevic said: “When I saw that Bruguera beat Edberg, I thought, ‘Why can’t I beat Becker?’… “I was confident from the start,” said Bruguera, ranked No. 46 in the world. “I play better on clay than fast surfaces, and it’s just the opposite for him. I didn’t let him play his own game. Andre Agassi, the men’s third seed, broke rackets, screamed at umpires and drilled his opponent in the back before settling down to post a 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-0, 6-1 victory over a weary  Martin Wostenholme of Canada. ”When I get mad, there’s really only one way, and that’s what I was today,” Agassi said. Jay Berger, seeded ninth, was swept in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, by Argentina’s Alberto Mancini. The result was hardly an upset, though, as Mancini is a dangerous, clay-court expert who reached the quarterfinals here last year. Emilio Sanchez, the sixth seed and a pre-tournament favorite in a wide-open field, lost to Nicklas Kulti of Sweden 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1. For drama, color and fireworks, the match of the day was on Court 2 and it was all provided by Agassi. Agassi was ahead 4:1 in the first set, but then lost five games and 11 of 12 consecutive points in one stretch. An outburst by Agassi in the second set cost him a warning and the loss of a racket. With the score 1:1, he fell behind 0-40. Enraged, Agassi stomped on his racket, snapped it in two and threw the handle into the stands. That drew a racket-abuse warning from British chair umpire Sultan Gangji. Two games later, Agassi slammed an easy put-away into Wostenholme’s back. The Canadian turned and took a few steps toward Agassi, but he had already headed back to the baseline. Wostenholme served for the set at 5:4, held two set points in the tie-break, but couldn’t convert and Agassi later stormed back to win. Agassi breezed through the last two sets while dropping only one game. ”My only advantage was being physically fit,” Agassi said. ”He got tired.” Former champion, Yannick Noah needed 7 match points to beat Francisco Clavet and snap his 7-match losing streak. Noah won 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.
Second round: Jim Sarni
Defending champion Michael Chang struggled Wednesday to avoid the fate of the top two seeds in the French Open tennis championships. Chang, seeded only 11th despite becoming the youngest French Open men’s champion at 17 last year, survived a tough test from Switzerland’s Marc Rosset  for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory. Chang joined fellow American Andre Agassi in the third round. Agassi, the highest remaining seeded player at No. 3, beat Australian  Todd Woodbridge, 7-5, 6-1, 6-3. Rosset, 19, has jumped to 27th in the world after an impressive showing on the European clay-court circuit in recent weeks. An erratic but powerful hitter, he continually played himself into strong positions only to ruin his chances at crucial moments. His most serious blunder occurred in the first set at 4:4. Chang fell behind, 0/40, on his serve, but Rosset squandered all three break points, then earned a warning when he threw his racket at the advertising boards during the changeover. Chang held on to win the set, 7-5. After dropping the second set, Chang regained his composure to seal victory in just over three hours. “It was tough at the beginning because he has such a big serve,” Chang said. “But in the end, he apparently had a stomach problem and it got much easier.” Rosset said he began suffering from stomach cramps in the third set. “I felt like lying down,” he said. “I played very well up to that point, but Chang was very fast. He never missed any balls. People say he’s gone down, but I think he’s going to make people talk a lot about him in the second week.” ”I’m disappointed Edberg and Becker got beat,” said Agassi, the third seed, who could have met Edberg in the semifinals and Becker in the final. ”I would have enjoyed playing them. But whether they won or lost makes no difference in how I feel for this tournament. My confidence level is not based on who lost.” The twin killing made Agassi reflect a moment before his match with Woodbridge, a qualifier ranked No. 136. Agassi did not want to get the guillotine, too. ”When the top two seeds lose, you realize it can happen to anyone,” he said. ”It’s easy to come out and take it for granted that you’re playing well and you don’t have to worry for a few rounds. I didn’t take this match lightly.” Agassi jumped to a 4:0 lead, then lost the next five games. Woodbridge had four set points, but Agassi saved them all and regained command. Woodbridge, hit-or-miss, made 52 unforced errors and lost his serve eight times in 14 games. ”He played well in the first set,” Agassi said. ”It was more his doing than mine that he led 5:4.” Paul Haarhuis  aced Jim Pugh  on the final point and raised his arms in victory. It was a short raise. Haarhuis was too tired for a big celebration. It took the former Florida State star 4 hours and 48 minutes to subdue Pugh 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-7(6), 7-5. It was also the longest Roland Garros match in terms of time since the 1982 final. It took seven match points in three different sets! ”I’m very happy I won, but I can’t enjoy it, I’m too tired,” said Haarhuis, munching a sandwich, after the match, with doubles still to come. Haarhuis ate six bananas and some bread, and drank six bottles of water and three Pepsis (“I needed a sugar kick, because the water wasn’t working”) for energy. Haarhuis fought off cramps. At one point, he could barely walk. Haarhuis had three match points, serving at 5:4 in the 3rd set – Pugh saved one with a net cord. Haarhuis had two more in the 4th set tiebreaker. Pugh led 5:2* in the final set, but Haarhuis came back to take the final five games, however, in the last game the American saved another match point to get back to ‘deuce’ – so he was 10 points away of becoming the first man in the Open Era to prevail saving match points in three consecutive sets! He tied the record for the most games in a match at the French Open since tie-breaks started in 1973. The tie-breaker record was set by Wojtek Fibak, who beat Aaron Krickstein 6-4, 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 10-8 in 1984. The overall record here is 76 games from a 10-8, 7-9, 8-6, 5-7, 9-7 victory by Eric Sturgess over Ken McGregor in the good old days of 1951. Only two minutes less than Haarhuis’ victory, lasted other thriller that day, in which Martin Jaite outlasted Michael Stich 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3. Sergi Bruguera, the unseeded Spanish teen-ager who beat Edberg on Tuesday, couldn’t keep up the magic. Again he was overwhelming the Swedish opponent, but squandered a two-set & 4:2 lead, and lost 2-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0, to Jonas Svensson. Jim Courier defeated Milan Srejber of Czechoslovakia 7-6(3), 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 and proclaimed himself in better form than when he beat Agassi and reached the Round of 16 here last year. “I’m definitely in better shape,” the 19-year-old said. “I’m more confident out there. I know when the going gets tough, I’m ready to stay out there.”
Third round: Larry Siddons
Defending champion Michael Chang needed another of his center court comebacks today to stay alive in the French Open. His opponent said he got some unfair help from the officials as well. Andre Agassi , the top-ranked man left in the tournament as the No. 3 seed, advanced against the lowest-rated survivor, but lost a fashion battle with French tennis officials. Chang, who escaped from numerous tight spots a year ago to become the youngest man to win the clay-court Grand Slam event, did it again in the third round with a 2-6, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Swedish qualifier Christian Bergstrom . The 18-year-old American turned the match around by winning nine games in a row in the third and the start of the fourth sets. Bergstrom argued a line call on a key point in the last of those games and accused officials of favoring top players such as Chang on close shots. But by the time that point was played, Bergstrom already was tiring noticeably and Chang’s shots were finding the mark. “You can’t let it bother you,” Chang said of the disputed call. “It’s frustrating when you have a call against you on a big point, but when the guy comes down from the chair and says it’s out, you’ve got to go along.” Chang served out the fourth set with an ace, then got the break he needed in the final set when Bergstrom netted a backhand to give the defending champion a 4:3 lead. By the end of the match, both players were spent, bending over to catch their breath between points. But Chang had enough strength left to serve out the victory, getting the final point on a backhand passing shot after 3 1/2 hours. “I knew it would be a tough match,” Chang said. “He’s a Swede, which means he’s good on clay. I had prepared my mind to be out there for quite some time, whether it was three sets, four sets or five sets.” Other early matches on the tournament’s fifth day found seeded players having easier times. Andre Agassi beat Arnaud Boetsch  of France 6-3, 6-2, 6-0. But the long-haired 20-year-old was told that his neon-bright pink-and-black tennis outfits would not be allowed back in the tournament next year. The French Tennis Federation said, it was “very bothered” by the colorful clothes and, as at Wimbledon, white must be the dominant color of a uniform. Yannick Noah is out of the French Open, and it took a guy with three names to do it. Guillermo Perez-Roldan  of Argentina toppled the French favorite and 1983 champion 7-6(5), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, in a match that stretched over two days at Roland Garros. Perez-Roldan, the 15th seed, won the first two sets Friday night, but Noah fought back to take the third set before darkness suspended the match. Noah, who won his first-round match against Francisco Clavet, did not have another comeback in him Saturday. “‘I was feeling better and better each match, but I had to play against a player who was too good for me today,” Noah said. Andrei Chesnokov, the men’s eighth seed from the Soviet Union, beat Jordi Arrese of Spain 7-5, 6-4, 6-2, while American Jim Courier, the 13th seed, beat Johan Anderson of Australia 6-0, 6-2, 6-1. The Agassi and Courier victories set up a rematch of last year’s meeting, when Courier upset Agassi in the third-round meeting. “We’ve always been sort of rivals,” Courier said. The young Americans tied a record of three consecutive matches at the same Grand Slam tournament.
Fourth round: (Associated Press)
Andre Agassi out-slugged his boyhood rival Jim Courier  in a brutal display of power tennis Sunday, establishing himself as the front-runner for the French Open men’s title. “I was really up to play Jim,” Agassi said. “I felt like I had a few more gears to shift into.” Agassi came out swinging off the court, too, accusing the top official of world tennis of being a hypocrite for trying to ban his fluorescent clothes. Wearing his usual pink-and-black outfit, the third-seeded Agassi lost a first-set shootout but came back to wear down No. 13 Courier 6-7(8), 6-1, 6-4, 6-0, and move into the quarterfinals. The victory, which avenged a loss to Courier in the third round here last year, set up an all-American quarterfinal duel between Agassi and defending champion Michael Chang. Chang, who seems to be getting stronger every round, downed Spain’s Javier Sanchez 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. There were no service breaks in the first set as Courier saved two break points and Agassi one. In the tiebreaker, Agassi had three set points but could not convert. During a long rally on the third set point, Agassi fell down, giving Courier an open court. Courier crunched a clean backhand winner for a 9:8 lead and closed out the tiebreaker on the next point when Agassi slapped a backhand into the net. Despite the first-set loss, Agassi said he felt the match was his. “Jim always comes out just banging balls in the first set,” he said. “I was just hoping to stay close in the first set. That was icing on the cake. Then I kicked into high gear.” Agassi escalated the feud after his match. He accused Chatrier of setting a double standard by allowing sponsor’s billboards on center court while complaining that bright clothing goes against tradition. “When it comes to him reaping benefits, he doesn’t care a whole lot about tradition, does he?” Agassi said. Chatrier refused to comment on the allegations but said he hoped Agassi wins the tournament.
In two matches postponed until today because of rain, Henri Leconte defeated Andrei Chesnokov, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, and Jonas Svensson beat Guillermo Perez-Roldan, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Thierry Champion saved two match points in the fourth set and beat Karel Novacek of Czechoslovakia, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3. Leconte, who had two disk operations last year, fell to 158th in the rankings at the start of this year’s clay-court season. He also separated from his wife. By the last week of April, Leconte’s record was only 4-6, but he reached the semifinals in Monte Carlo and Hamburg in consecutive weeks. Intense physical training overseen by Patrice LeClerc and by Eric Debliker, the Davis Cup coach, began to pay off. The French Tennis Federation gave him a wild card into the French Open, and his ranking of 33d will improve with his quarterfinal showing. “A lot of things have changed in my tennis and in my life,” Leconte said. ”I just want to be well and be fit and enjoy my tennis.” “I think the very important moment was whether I lost my serve in the fifth set,” said Chesnokov, who after the match rushed away from the court without waiting for Leconte and irritably thumbed through a magazine during his news conference. “My fault was that whenever he went to net, I was in a rush,” said Chesnokov, 0-6 against Leconte.
Quarterfinals: Jim Sarni
Andre Agassi  muscled defending champion Michael Chang  out of the French Open today, while 14-year-old Jennifer Capriati pranced into the semifinals with another straight-set victory. Stubble bristling and hot-pink outfit brighter than ever, the third-seeded Agassi reached his fourth Grand Slam semifinal and his second in three years in Paris with a 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 victory built on sheer power. Two streaks – five games in a row in the first set, the last six in the second – put Agassi in a dominating position. And when he is in such a spot, he seems to get even stronger. He finished the match by breaking Chang with a sledgehammer backhand volley. “I think I had an edge over him in my serve, and I was going for winners more,” Agassi said. “We both played well and I just came out on top.” “Andre played too well today,” Chang said. “He was too strong off the ground for me. He didn’t miss too many balls. He’s learning when to hit hard and when to play safe.”
Agassi next plays Jonas Svensson. The unseeded Swede  beat Frenchman  Henri Leconte 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to the disappointment of hometown fans who jammed center court. Immediately after his match Agassi did not know who he would be playing next. But he can see a championship on Sunday. “Two guys stand in my way,” Agassi said. “As the tournament goes on, the better I feel. I’m going to fight and sweat. It could be one of the biggest tournaments of my career.” Svensson advanced to the Parisian semifinals for the second time in career as an unseeded player, previously in 1988 when he had stunned Ivan Lendl. Paris was a lucky city for the Swede, in Autumn ’90 he reached also semi-finals at Paris-Bercy Andres Gomez  swept past ailing French qualifier  Thierry Champion 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal. Thomas Muster  beat unseeded Goran Ivanisevic  of Yugoslavia 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, another milestone in his comeback from a career-threatening injury. None of the four ever semifinalists has won a Grand Slam event. On a dark, cloudy day, Gomez needed just 98 minutes to beat Champion. The 6-foot-4 left-hander set the tone by breaking Champion’s serve in the first game. The center court crowd had little to cheer about as the Frenchman made error after error. Despite Gomez ‘ 57 percent first serve percentage, Champion managed only one break in the match, giving him a 4:3 lead in the third set. But Gomez recovered quickly and ran off three of the last four games for the match. It was a bittersweet ending for Champion, who became the first qualifier to reach the French quarterfinals since the beginning of the open era in 1968. Already bothered by a groin strain suffered in his victory over Karel Novacek in the fourth round, Champion said he also felt nauseous on the court Wednesday. `I couldn’t get into my game,‘ he said. “I was thinking about other things.” Gomez reached the semifinals without playing a seeded player, benefiting from a fourth-round walkover against injured Magnus Gustafsson . “I had a bit of luck in the draw,” he said. “And even if I don’t believe in luck, sometimes you want some. To play Champion in the quarterfinals of the French Open was too good to let it go by. He’s not going to hurt me with any shot. I’ve been working for this tournament for 12 months. This is the tournament I’ve always wanted to win. I feel ready. I’m confident of my chances.” In the other match, Muster stayed at the baseline and slugged away with heavy topspin ground-strokes. Ivanisevic, who upset Boris Becker in the first round, tried to attack but was worn down by Muster’s assault. The Yugoslav’s big serve, which connected for 16 aces, helped him take the second set. “I lost my rhythm a little bit in the second set,’ Muster said. `It was getting dark and he was serving so hard. My eyes got tired. I was playing short, giving him the chance to put on the pressure.” During that set, Muster also slammed himself in the shin with his racket. ‘It was cracking like something was broken – either the racket or my leg,’ he said. But it turned out to be a bruise, and Muster dominated the next two sets.
Semifinals: (Associated Press)
Andres Gomez of Ecuador moved into the finals of the French Open and to within one victory of achieving his career dream, by defeating error-prone Thomas Muster of Austria today. Gomez, the fourth seed who says he wants to win this clay-court Grand Slam tournament above all others, defeated Muster, 7-5, 6-1, 7-5 in 1 hour 56 minutes. The Gomez -Muster match promised to be a clay-court classic. They are among the best players in the world on the surface, with big ground-strokes and the ability to stay out there forever until an opponent falters. Gomez didn’t have to wait long for that to happen, and the match never lived up to expectations, despite a third-set comeback by Muster, who was seeded seventh. And, after 10 years of frustration, Gomez was in his first Grand Slam final. “This isn’t the day I’ve thought about. It’s another one. I knew one day I would be the player who would be on top and that’s the way it’s working at the moment.” Gomez won the first three games, saving two break points in the opener, before a passing shower stopped play for about five minutes. The break was so quick that the players did not even have to warm up when they returned from the locker rooms. Muster, like Gomez in his first Grand Slam semi, picked up the challenge after the interruption, holding the fourth game and breaking on a double fault for 3:2. He fought off four break points before Gomez broke for 4:2, but broke back in a game that featured a soccer-kick on break point. Gomez dropped his racket on a serve and kicked the return. At the World Cup, it would have been a winner, but not at Roland Garros. Both players were making mistakes, but Muster’s came at bigger moments and Gomez made some important shots. Muster had break point for 4:4 but couldn’t convert, Gomez saving the game with a volley, an ace and a service winner. Gomez broke for the set on a Muster forehand that went long. Muster’s problems continued at the start of the second set. Gomez won 24 of 28 points at one stretch and took a 5:0 lead. Muster stopped the seven-game slide for 5:1 but Gomez held on a forehand winner for the set, with Muster managing just 11 points in the seven games. They met three weeks before in the semi-finals in Rome, and Muster survived three match points winning the 3rd set tiebreaker.
Andre Agassi reached his first Grand Slam final today with the help of his own muscle and the mistakes of a stubborn Swede. He will meet Andres Gomez of Ecuador for the title on Sunday. Pounding winner after winner from the baseline, running down drop-shots and lobs, and jumping on weak serves, Agassi defeated Jonas Svensson, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Agassi had no trouble with Svensson at the start, racing to a 3:0 lead with brutal forehands and precise passing shots. Svensson held his serve for the only time in the first set in the fourth game before Agassi finished out the set 6-1. Agassi raced to a 4:0 lead in the second with overpowering ease. Svensson narrowed it to 5:4 but Agassi still had too much and went up two sets with a 6-4 win. In the third set, Agassi went up a break and appeared to be headed to an easy victory. But Svensson refused to fold and took five of the next seven games to force the match into a fourth set. But Agassi came back and went up 3:0. Svensson again came back to close to 4:3. However in the eighth game, Svensson made a pair of backhand errors to give Agassi a chance to break. Svensson attempted a serve-and-volley but popped the ball long to have Agassi serve for the match. Agassi controlled the game, getting a match point when Svensson hit a service return long.
Final: Thomas Bonk
Gomez’s 20th title, he won 1 tournament afterwards but in majors never passed even second round after Roland Garros ’90. As it turned out, the race to the French Open championship was not won by the swift. Instead, the world’s premier clay-court title went to 30-year-old Andres Gomez , owner of the unlikely nickname of “Go Go.’ Possibly the only thing slower than Gomez is the slow red clay center court of Roland Garros Stadium, where he stood Sunday and won his first Grand Slam title in 27 attempts. Gomez, a part-time shrimp farmer in Guayquil, Ecuador, wove a net of booming serves and big shots to catch  Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the first Grand Slam final for both players. “I have come here for 12 years, and I have been thinking about this moment,” Gomez said. “It just took too long.’ Gomez needed 2 hours, 31 minutes to reach his goal and end Agassi’s quest to match Michael Chang’s victory a year ago and become the second consecutive American to win in Paris. Said Agassi, who was favored to beat Gomez : “I guess if I don’t feel disappointed about coming in second, I wouldn’t be one heck of a competitor. But you’ve got to accept these things.’ Gomez accepted a check for $370,000 after the match. Moments earlier, he concluded his finest day in tennis with a forehand down the line. Agassi could only turn and watch it bounce away. Gomez spun and covered his face, still holding his racket. He ran off the court and into the stands, where he held his 2-year-old son, Juan Andres, and kissed his wife, Anna Maria. He thought about last year, when he lost in the second round and returned to Ecuador to watch the final on television. Ecuadoran television asked him to come to the studio and comment on the match, but Gomez declined. “I say, `Next year I do it for sure,'” Gomez said. “But over there, I think they are happier that I am over here.’ The match turned happily for Gomez in the ninth game of the third set. Agassi was serving at 4:4 and led 40/15, but he did not win another point. When Gomez reached a drop shot and slashed a forehand winner that dribbled off Agassi’s racket, Gomez broke to 5:4. Gomez , who had 10 aces, had two of them in the next game, closing out the set with a service winner that Agassi lofted far over the baseline. “That was bad, but I don’t feel as bad about that game as how I started the match,” Agassi said. His game plan was to stay back, hit deep and move the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Gomez from side to side, taking advantage of Gomez’s lack of mobility. “I am not a Wilander,” Gomez said. “I don’t have a great pair of legs to keep me going for six hours. I can’t do that.” Throughout the match, Gomez’s game alternated between brilliant winners and breathtaking errors. He had 58 winners and 72 unforced errors. “What is important is not how many errors I make, but how many winners I make,” he said. “Some people don’t like that. I like it.’ Agassi’s dislike for what happened in the first set centered on his problems with making Gomez tire. Instead, the set lasted only 30 minutes with Agassi making the crucial mistake. He was broken to 3:5, and Gomez finished the set with a sizzling ace down the middle. But as soon as Gomez began depending on his serve, it deserted him. He lost all four service games in the set and Agassi was right back in the match. It took him one game to start backpedaling. Gomez broke him in the first game. “That was enough to keep me going,” Gomez said. But that advantage lasted only until the seventh game, when Gomez double-faulted on the first point and saw Agassi break back at love for 4:4. The next game proved to be Agassi’s downfall. “The only thing he did that gave me trouble was his serve,” Agassi said. “If he had missed more on his first serve, I think I could have worn him down. He slid it in there pretty good.” Many years after the final, Agassi declared in his autobiography that at the time of the French Open ’90 he began to be thin on top, and was wearing a toupee to cover his baldness. “Then a fiasco happened. The evening before the final, I stood under the shower and felt my wig suddenly fall apart. Probably I used the wrong hair rinse. I panicked and called my brother Philly into the room“. Allegedly Agassi couldn’t play his best tennis in the final affected by problems with his wig 🙂 “During the warming-up training before play I prayed. Not for victory, but that my hairpiece would not fall off. I imagine millions of spectators move closer to their TV sets, their eyes widening and, in dozens of dialects and languages, ask how Andre Agassi’s hair has fallen from his head.” Stats of the final