Hot-Headed Agassi Does Slow Burn
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Andre Agassi was taking no chances with his shaved head during his 3-hour 16-minute match Monday in the broiling midday sun.
``Andre, although you’re obviously used to the heat, isn’t it a bit reckless, given the condition of your pate, not to wear any head protection,″ a reporter asked him after his difficult five-set victory over Argentine Gaston Etlis.
``Do I look like I’m burning a little bit,″ Agassi asked.
``No. But obviously, this is Australia in the middle of summer _ you might get sunburned.″
``How sweet!″ Agassi chirped. ``You’re concerned about me! I mean, you really care about me! And now you’re redder than I am.″
Agassi then admitted he had slathered plenty of sun screen on his dome.
VIRTUAL TENNIS, ANYONE?: The Australian Open has an Internet Web site, offering regularly updated pictures from Flinders Park along with the latest tournament news, daily schedules, match results and statistics.
It can be accessed at http://www.ausopen.org
BEAM ME UP: Some of the women’s tennis players like to relax after competition on the court with a few hot games of ``laser tag.″
Conchita Martinez, Iva Majoli, Lisa Raymond, Gigi Fernandez, Rennae Stubbs and former player Andrea Jaeger honed their competitive instincts last weekend before the Australian Open by zapping a team of male coaches and Australian player Mark Philippoussis with toy laser guns.