Henman Shuttles Agassi Out at ATP Queens

Posted on June 13, 2006

No. 12 seed Andre Agassi began his 2006 grasscourt campaign with an 0-1 record Monday, succumbing to a tough draw in unseeded Brit Tim Henman 6-4, 6-4.

"It's the first match in a long time," said Agassi who skipped the claycourt season to rest his ailing back. "Wasn't terribly pretty. Today I wanted to go out there and start average and end good. I feel like I started more uncomfortable than I wanted and ended pretty ordinary. That's not good."

Henman also dealt with a flare-up of his back injury prior to the match.

Only one other seeded player was in action Monday, with (13) Gael "Force" Monfils edging Austrian Jurgen "Tuna" Melzer 7-6(2), 7-6(2).

Qualifiers also had a good opening day, with three advancing into the second round in Spaniard Fernando "Hot Sauce" Verdasco (d. Greul), Frenchman Anthony Dupuis (d. Rusedski who retired in the third set with a hip injury) and Canadian Frank Dancevic (d. Carlsen from a set down).

Highlights for Tuesday at Queen's includes (5) Blake vs. Gimelstob in an all-American, Murray vs Tipsarevic, (Q) Dancevic vs. (3) Roddick, (WC) J.Baker vs. (WC) Fish, Goldstein vs. (9) Ginepri in an all-American, (10) T.Johansson vs. Max "The Beast" Mirnyi, and Moodie vs. (WC) Philippoussis.